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Pitt Rivers Museum

South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, England
01865-270927
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Ranked #1 of 101 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Natural History Museums, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Come for the Shrunken Heads, stay for the strange masks. Probably the strangest museum in Oxford. Probably worth a second visit.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We left museums for the last day in Oxford. After arriving at the Pitt Rivers museum we saw this was a mistake. I won't bother telling you about the museum - information easily accessible - but I will try to convey the feel of the place. You walk into a huge hall crowded with stuff. Instead of feeling crowded it... More

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Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I visited this museum on the advice of a colleague on the same conference. On approaching the entrance to the Science Museum I was left open- mouthed by the scale of the interior and the contents. Concentrating hard to pass by the nearby exhibits, I found the museum entrance (basically on the back wall through an archway). The Pitt Rivers... More

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I love this museum, which is itself a museum-piece because it has deliberately been left in its original condition, with its Victorian showcases and its tiny handwritten labels describing the exhibits. The main content is human artefacts from around the world, which are fascinatingly arranged by usage rather than by ethnic or geographical origin, so that a showcase may feature... More

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Saint Sauveur, Qc, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Wonderful museum with oddities and amazing artifacts, all arranged by theme. We especially loved the pottery and textiles and antique ships

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Nowhere, Oklahoma, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

For everyone who is curious enough to look around the crammed shelves and learn, this is the perfect museum! Many stunning pieces to see and compare, coming from all over the world...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Fascinating victorian style museum in Oxford. Spent over an hour perusing the incredible cabinets. The shrunken heads are an absolute must see.

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Cassington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Pitt Rivers has not had the level of investment in re-modelling and refurbishment of its (relatively) near neighbour the Ashmolean. It is never the less well worth a visit for its fascinating collection of curiosities that give glimpses into other cultures. There is a bit too much reliance on glass cases but in the midst of it all there is... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Inside the The Museum of Natural History Oxford, Pitt Rivers is full of artifacts and historical objects. Great style and settings, fun experience for adults and children!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Fantastic , fab, been to lots of museums, this museum is in the back of the National history museum, which is fantastic too, this is a must for anyone visiting Oxford, we went in the week, as not so many people, would imagine it would be very busy at weekend, Allow at least 3 to four hours, to visit, there... More

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