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“Great little musem.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum
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US$ 50.78*
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Full-Day Tour of Windsor, Eton and Oxford from London
Ranked #2 of 172 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Northchurch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great little musem.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2012

There's not much about this little museum that I didn't like (except maybe the small size); the exhibitions are particularly rich, and the shrunken heads make for a fascinating (if a little gruesome) display. There seems to be little of interest on offer in the shop however, especially if your looking for a souvenir of quality.

Visited April 2012
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“A wonderfcul old faqshioned treasure-trove!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2012

This is a blast from the past - not your modern museum with minimalist displays beautifully presented but a treasure trove of all sorts of objects, crammed into display cabinets. It has a wonderful atmoshphere and a great variety of items. And the interior itselft is a joy to behold. Victorian gothic ironwork at its best. A real treat!

Visited April 2012
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fascinating museum.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

We went to the museum as part of an afternoon in Oxford. My children are 13 and 8 and there was something to interest both of them. The natural history part was really interesting and the shrunken heads in the other bit also held a gruesome fascination . I would definitely recommend spending an hour or 2 in this establishment.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“What an unexpected treasure trove!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

I can see why David Attenborough is the patron of this museum - the sheer amount of anthropological treasure here is staggering. We spent many happy hours wandering around Pitt Rivers during our visit, and, had the museum not been closing for the day, probably would have stayed many hours more. The sheer volume of the collection is head-spinning, and, for the non-nerdy among you, the collection of shrunken heads, weaponry and tattoo art is sure to keep your interest up. We'll be coming back to Pitt Rivers - what a cracking little place!

Visited April 2012
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“Indicative of how Museums used to be, busy but boring.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2012

I apologise to the staff who work there, and who are undoubtedly proud of this museum, however this is a museum of a museum. It houses thousands upon thousands of exhibits shown in subdued lighting conditions, for which torches are provided to the inquisitive visitor. Every corner of the globe is represented, showing items as diverse as national costumes, lamps, baskets, religious charms and everything in between. It became quite boring quite quickly. Sorry.

Visited April 2012
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