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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

4.7
#2 of 10 in Museums in Oxford
Full of archaeological and anthropological scholarly achievements, Pitt Rivers Museum is also easy on the eyes. When you enter the main court on the bottom floor, row after row of glass cases will greet you. These are filled with artifacts collected from every corner of the world by scientists at the University of Oxford. Look up and you may see some of the artifacts hanging above your head from the sculpted steel support beams. The second floor was renovated in 2009 and reopened as the Clore Duffield Education Center. This is a family-friendly center that gives visitors of all ages a chance to touch exhibits and learn the ins and outs of archaeology. For Pitt Rivers Museum and beyond, use our Oxford family vacation planner to get the most from your Oxford vacation.
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  • August 21, 2017
    We were 3 OAP sisters visiting Oxford, one for the first time. The building itself is stunning, worth a visit just for that. We spent ages in the Natural History museum, which is a fascinating display...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    what a great collection they have ! so interesting and diverse , the building itself is worth the visit ! the steel work for the roof is amazing ,as is the carved stonework , definitely worth a visit,...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Excellent place to visit with family, friends... I took my students. It's such a treat and what's more, is the fact that it's free! You can not get better than that in Oxford!  more »
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  • Because I work here and it's fabulous. The museum has been voted 11th favourite family friendly museum by the Times Newspaper, and it's free with various changing exhibitions on cultures and photography. It's home of the famous Haida totem pole, the shrunken heads from Ecuador, and the witch in the bottle. It doesn't end here with two floors covering toys tools and tattooing, and the top floor of all weaponry. Well worth the visit to a place you'll will never forget ln
  • Fantastic place to wander around, amazing items some of which are quite bizarre and a little macabre. Very easy to loose all track of time well worth a visit.
  • Great place to educate yourself. There is a massive variety of history here, and its a good way to spend a few hours. I wouldn't recommend driving here though!
  • What an amazing place and superb collections from all over the world..You'll need a whole day to appreciate and check all the displays because they have row after row, floor after floor, shelf after shelf of interesting and educative objects and relics from every culture...from oddities to priced items...enjoy your whole day here and savor the menu at the restaurant...Don't miss the shrunken human heads..a rare collection
  • An awesome place, very easy to get lost and realise you have spent all day there

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