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Pitt Rivers Museum

South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, England
01865-270927
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Ranked #2 of 99 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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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

No visit to Oxford is complete without seeing the Shrunken Heads at the Pitt Rivers.... The entire collection is a wonderful thing to see, and a great way to while away an hour or two.

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Kerry, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the Pitt Museum as we were in the Natural history museum next door. It is quirky and full of curiosities. It is so full though that it felt too stuffed for my liking. I know this is part of the charm as well as the darkness of the room but too close for me. I much preferred the... More

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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Two days later and I'm still mesmerised. Its fabulous, fascinating, and above all free. Do not miss it.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The place is stuffed with artifacts and looks and smells like a long unattended attic. Half our party thought that was precisely the charm of the museum - there is soo much to see - the other half was slightly astonished. Kids seemed to love it.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I don't think you could see everything in this museum if you spent all day here. It's a classic jumble of vaguely coherent collections. Step back into the Victorian era: pull open the drawers and try to decipher the ancient labels. If you're lucky enough to get to go one one of the special night-time dark museum visits, it's extra... More

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Kenilworth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This splendidly Victorian Museum is I have to confess a place of awe and pilgimage to me. Wandering around gaping at the exhibits makes me forget that I am 58 years old as the last half century slips away and I am lost in marvel like a little boy who gasps at the sight of REAL shrunken heads .Not to... More

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Pevensey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I could spend days, weeks, at the Pitt Rivers. It is crammed, literally, with fascinating artefacts, some of it it plain view, and some in drawers that one has access to. The more you look, the more you find. Here, you can find the history of England, through its acquisition of objects brought back (plundered?) from around the world.

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England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This museum is free and has some wonderful exhibitions, I walked past this for three years going to lectures and now I've had to tie to look and dwell at the exhibits.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Wonderful and eclectic collection. Not well known so check it out via internet and visit. You won't be disappointed.

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

i did like it but we had small children with us,we had one in a buggy and to carry them up and down the stairs into the building is quite bad

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