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Pitt Rivers Museum

South Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, England
01865-270927
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Ranked #3 of 97 attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Full of so many amazing things. Couldnt get a 7 year old grandchild out even for lunch, she was so fascinated by it all. Ships/boats from all over the world, shrunken heads, babies in bottles, masks with straw hair, great tall totem pole - the variety is endless. Worth many visits, not just one!

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Worcester, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Great and interesting place. The weapons section was a favourite. Very clean facilities. Recommended if you're going to Oxford!

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Thornaby on Tees, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the unique and eccentric museum. There is so much to see I think there will be something for everyone. You can access it from the rear of the Natural History Museum.

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Coventry
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Pitt Rivers Museum is made up of glass cases stuffed with masses of ethnographic artefacts. There are so many items here it is easy to get overwhelmed, but there are fascinating things in each cabinet and there should be something to interest everyone. A great collection of stuff to get lost that feels like a step into the Victorian... More

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Bourne End, United Kingdom
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16 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Part of natural history museum in oxford. Free to get in, just walk straight from natural history entrance and pitt rivers entrance just behind dinosaur. 3 floors, for lift and stairs to higher floors, go down stairs into museum, then turn right for lift/stairs. No place to store coats and it was quite warm in there. Staff friendly. Spent about... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Quite a surprise. A treasure trove of curiosities. Will be returning to explore & discover. Far too much to see in one visit.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Happiest memories of taking children to see the exhibits of this curious, and probably unique, museum. there are glorious surprises everywhere - our favourites remain the shrunken heads, and the curious waterproof garments made from the intestines of seals; there are head-boards to which babies' heads were strapped to achieve the elongated shape that particular civilisations admired. What more could... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

There is so much to see and for all ages. Most definitely worth a visit. May be worth setting aside more than 3 hours, but if that is not possible, just keep revisiting, you'll see something new that you didn't see last time.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This museum has recently reopened (Feb 2014) after a long closure for refurbishment. I have not been since then but have heard that the fabric of the building has been repaired but the exhibits are largely unchanged. It is a museum of ethnography largely the collection of it's founder Augustus Pitt-Rivers, a nineteenth century British army officer and ethnographer, and... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Amazing how much material is filled into two large buildings (in the second building is is slightly overfilled). Alas, we had not time to come back to see it in deep. Excellent for children, as they will see how different and similar are the patterns how sapiens in different parts of Earth fulfill its needs, as the collections is organised... More

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