Pitt Rivers Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Pitt Rivers Museum is one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present.
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  • cmk15
    Nashua, New Hampshire71 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much stuff!
    This was an experience unlike other museums. I came away with an awe of what humans can, and do, make. It was a bit overwhelming since each case or area had SO many objects and were grouped by what they were without a lot of explanation about time periods, points of origin, or context. There were saddles from various regions and time periods, art objects made of wood based on the human form, art objects made of metal based on the human form, hair ornaments, tattoos, boat models... It was overwhelming after awhile but I was so glad I went.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 May 2023
  • Christopher Q
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Museums in One .
    Two Splendid museums . The buildings are works of art in themselves .Both museums are United through a door . The natural history building is a Victoria tour de force with a glass roof supported by gothic cast iron columns. The exhibits are fascinating and we spent more time there than we had imagined . It was certainly worth a visit and not far from the centre of town although not very well signposted .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
  • S_Hvass
    Bramming, Denmark689 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing collection
    This museum has an amazing collection from all over the world, and you could spend hours walking around the exhibition. We have never seen such and impressive collection anywhere else in the world. In addition to the items on display, the building itself is quite extraordinary and adds to the good experience it is to come here. We would absolutely recommend that you visit this place when in Oxford.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 September 2023
  • mikeylikesit2016
    Catonsville, Maryland81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pitt Rivers for the win!
    Missed the shrunken heads! But a great museum with in-depth examinations of societies from around the world in the UKs realm. Great anatomical specimens for examination with some areas more kid focused. Happy to make a 5£ donation at the door. Friendly staff guiding you to various rooms and floors. Prepare to walk!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 September 2023
  • MrQuiet1949
    London, United Kingdom379 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a museum that shouldn't be missed.
    An interesting museum with a lot more to see than most museums. One part with some great skeletons of animals and another part which seems to have a collection of just about anything collectible from around the world and through history. Masks, weapons and artefacts. There is too much on display to possibly do it justice in a short description.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Eddi G
    Belize City, Belize25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking and incredible eclectic cultural history orable
    This is one of the most eclectic collection of artefacts from around the world n'organised in themes and not chronological. It is like an Aladdin's cave. So much to see.. And they are making an effort to explain colonialism.. Especially the dark side when we stole their culture and treated people as chattels. Provocative.. Yes but truthful
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • cthomind
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time well spent
    Excellent museum. Spent an enjoyable few hours looking at the very well organized and interesting displays. Very convenient and lovely cafe overlooking museum. Very helpful staff. One of our best experiences in Oxford.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 December 2023
  • oxcampus
    Oxford, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Literary Tour really good fun
    We booked the literary tour to break up a boring January in Oxford. It was right up our street so many famous books and films have taken inspiration from items at the museum and we had no idea. Our guide Kieron was so enthusiastic and knowledgable . Really enjoyed it and the time went very quickly. Throughly recommend
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
  • ATraveller363
    Hampshire, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A first visit to this special place
    A selection of amazing things that without places like this would be lost to history. Attached to the back of the Natural History Museum and a great place to walk through and around. So much to see and with so many cases it feels unique as to what a Museum should feel like. With so many cases it can feel a bit cramped, lighting for some of the cases and information on the exhibits could be better, it feels Victorian and quirky but is all the better for it. A bit random going from one set of cases to another to the extent I never really knew what I was going to look at next especially on the ground floor. The first and second floors are a bit more themed as you walk along and feel more orderly as a result, there is a bit more space for exhibits and visitors too.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 February 2024
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Niguelli-Niguel
London, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The huge and varied cultural collection from all over the world was collected by purchase, trade, theft and probably battle. And yes, it was European, perhaps mainly British, anthropologists and adventurers who collected it. And yes, they were most probably white skinned, so what? The end result is an amazing and unique collection saved for the world to learn from and discover one's own cultural origins. This is a positive not a negative.

To introduce the exhibits as being 'white' and 'colonial' demeans the Museum and the objects as if they are somehow tainted and poisoned by the collectors' backgrounds. Without those people none of the ancient objects would have been preserved and this ought to be recognised.

Using 'colonial' as a term of abuse and belittling is a passing fad and deserves only a passing mention not headlines. If one wants to go down that route then perhaps the objects collected from slave owning tribes and cultures ought perhaps to be mentioned as well. Made by slaves, stolen from slave owners by incoming tribes, stolen or purchased by explorers and invaders some who also took slaves but mostly did not ... where would it end

Would I be concerned if my great grandfather's bones and skull were exhibited? No, I would have been curious and delighted. Sadly the Vikings, Romans and the rest probably burned them.
Written 25 April 2024
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Curious57823117912
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
What a wonderful museum to visit. Packed with the most amazing and fascinating artefacts. The staff we meet today were so incredibly helpful and obviously passionate about this eclectic museum. A real must to see if you are in Oxford.
Written 22 March 2024
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OnAir16139290299
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A monument to the British Imperial mania for collecting things, for better or for worse. Only museum I know that has a 19th Century Samurai sword sitting next to a Soviet made automatic rifle.
Written 9 March 2024
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ATraveller363
Hampshire, UK164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
A selection of amazing things that without places like this would be lost to history. Attached to the back of the Natural History Museum and a great place to walk through and around. So much to see and with so many cases it feels unique as to what a Museum should feel like.
With so many cases it can feel a bit cramped, lighting for some of the cases and information on the exhibits could be better, it feels Victorian and quirky but is all the better for it. A bit random going from one set of cases to another to the extent I never really knew what I was going to look at next especially on the ground floor.
The first and second floors are a bit more themed as you walk along and feel more orderly as a result, there is a bit more space for exhibits and visitors too.
Written 18 February 2024
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Jamie B
Burnham-On-Sea, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We used the park and ride to get into Oxford and were conveniently dropped a quick 10 minutes from the museum. Easy to navigate to without using a map app on your phone as it’s signposted clearly (as are most things).
You enter through the Natural History museum and go straight to the back wall and you’ll find the entrance. Through the smallest of shops and you’re there.
We love this museum. It’s big but not overbearing and the collections are all displayed by subject rather than age etc. The cabinets on the bottom floor are filled with trinkets of all manners. There is a little bit of information about each cabinet or on the items themselves which is nice because you aren’t overloaded with words, just enough information to give you an understanding of what you’re looking at. Top tip, don’t miss out on the drawers that are accessible under some of the cabinets (not all!) as they contain even more treasures.
The second and third floor, you can walk around in a loop. The displays are all easy to see and accessible. There are a few interactive screens you can use to access even more of the collection on. Since my last visit, there are now boards up displaying how the museum is trying to make good of the mistakes of colonialism and how they work with communities to repatriate certain items etc. Well overdue with collections such as these but refreshing to see them taking responsibility and action. Half a day will be more than enough to see everything. The toilets were clean. Unlike other museum collections, this is not flashy with no “big ticket” items or “headline acts”. Just a wonderful collection of anthropological items from around the world that are great to see and some, so varied and unusual it’s certainly worth the visit.
Written 8 February 2024
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David L
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A wonderful collection, though marred a bit by heavy-handed postcolonial guilt labels - this could have been done a bit more subtly. The gift shop is full of various irrelevant books that say more about the politics of the curatorial staff than about the collection. But if you just ignore this modern political stuff, you can really get lost in all the wonderful mad clutter.
Written 2 February 2024
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oxcampus
Oxford, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
We booked the literary tour to break up a boring January in Oxford. It was right up our street so many famous books and films have taken inspiration from items at the museum and we had no idea. Our guide Kieron was so enthusiastic and knowledgable . Really enjoyed it and the time went very quickly.

Throughly recommend
Written 14 January 2024
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cthomind
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Excellent museum. Spent an enjoyable few hours looking at the very well organized and interesting displays. Very convenient and lovely cafe overlooking museum. Very helpful staff. One of our best experiences in Oxford.
Written 21 December 2023
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Eddi G
Belize City, Belize25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is one of the most eclectic collection of artefacts from around the world n'organised in themes and not chronological. It is like an Aladdin's cave. So much to see.. And they are making an effort to explain colonialism.. Especially the dark side when we stole their culture and treated people as chattels. Provocative.. Yes but truthful
Written 4 December 2023
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dldtaylor
Stoke sub Hamdon, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Absolutely fascinating! Really worth a visit. Free to enter, but we paid £5 each for a one hour tour by George who really knows his subject. A gem of a museum.
Written 17 November 2023
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