Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford: Hours, Address, Pitt Rivers Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Pitt Rivers Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 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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tanveer f
United Kingdom3 contributions
A hidden GEM!!
Jun 2021
This is definitely a hidden gem in the Museum of Natural History!!
We booked a visit to the museum of Natural history and it includes the Pitts River Museum!
The size of the entrance is deceiving as you would think it is so tiny! However it is 3 floors and each display has so much history in it!!
From writing materials over the years, to ship structures and how the houses were built in past, this is a place where people of all ages would find something intriguing!
The third floor was where we enjoyed the most!
My husband has a deep love for the Samurai history and this floor has a whole area dedicated to Samurais- from their armour, to their weapons and even the different levels of armour!

I absolutely loved the weapons section, with the different kinds of weapons used over the years in wars, from Vikings to most recent!

Would love to go again!
Written June 13, 2021
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Cairo27
Coventry, UK119 contributions
Five museums crammed into one and then some.
Jun 2021
It was claustrophobic, I felt overpowered by all the exhibits. There was glass case, after glass case of exhibits. I have no doubt that you could find something relating to every culture and country here. Perhaps it has always been like this and will remain so? It was an unusual museum and at first sight, you really did not know where to look first. Having said that, I loved it!
Written June 6, 2021
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alex d
Birmingham, UK557 contributions
A walk in the past.
May 2021
Like the Museum of Natural History this museum reminded me of museums that I visited when I was much younger.
It was a time when the emphasis was on objects. What I regard as the sheer magic of historical objects. The trend to an "educational experience" sometimes means, for me, the loss of that magic.
Written June 1, 2021
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Kathy jackson
11 contributions
good
May 2021
i never knew this museum existed until i was on a city bus tour and it drove past the natural history museum.the pitt rivers museum is connected to the natural history and is to the rear of the building.i went through the doors and stood at the top of the stairs.my first impression was that the museum looked quite dark but as you wander round the exhibits,it is really good but can be rather crowded .its nice to have less floor space and more exhibits.it was my first time in oxford and it definately wont be my last.its well worth a return visit
Written May 30, 2021
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Philmex1
Southampton, UK1,330 contributions
Amazing museum with lots of fascinating exhibits
May 2021
I last visited the Pitt Rivers Museum over 30 years ago and it hasn't changed much. I'm glad about that as it is still laid out as when it was established back in the 19th century. There is so much to see, you would need several visits and even then you wouldn't see everything - the display cases are packed with items from all over the world, giving glimpses of different cultures.

If you want a museum that captures your imagination, this one is for you. Admission is free, but donations for the upkeep of the museum are appreciated.
Written May 22, 2021
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Ousontlesbaggages
Cardiff, UK45 contributions
Overcrowded with exhibits
Apr 2021 • Couples
The Pitt Rivers museum is accessed via the Oxford Natural History museum, but there’s quite a contrast between them. The Oxford museum is light and reasonably well spaced out with clearly labelled exhibits and lots of educational content. The different sections flow logically and you can’t help but come away knowing more than when you went in. Pitt Rivers, on the other hand, is much darker and has way way way too many exhibits. There doesn’t seem to be any explanation of their significance or why they’re there. Whoever opens up in the morning must be half expecting a tidal wave of exhibits to tumble out like a badly packed cupboard after an earthquake. We tried very hard to get something out of it, but the sheer number of items was overwhelming. We found it turned us off and made us want to get out of the clutter and back to the dinosaurs. So that’s what we did.
Would we go again? Natural History Museum - yes please. Pitt Rivers - no thanks.
Written May 18, 2021
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Amanda
Oxfordshire, UK2 contributions
Favourite place ever!
Feb 2020
My favourite place ever!
Whenever we have visitors this is first on my list.
Don't miss the anthropological toys and concepts of 'body beautiful' on level 1.
Written January 31, 2021
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John G
United Kingdom574 contributions
Hasn't changed much in 20 years.
Dec 2020 • Couples
Great to see this museum is a quirky as it ever was. The collection is organised in themes and not by Geographical area and the volume of exhibits crammed in is staggering. Was particularly taken by the masks but there is so much else to see.

Good to see that there is an acceptance to the colonialism origin to the colllection and the museums action in addressing this.

Note that the only refreshments are outside.
Written December 23, 2020
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Matt
Winchester, UK8 contributions
Unique Experience!
Dec 2020
Worth a visit if in Oxford, such a unique museum experience with some fantastic items in the collection.
Written December 12, 2020
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User160Malvern
12 contributions
Quirky and interesting
Jan 2020
For any traveller, it's well worth a little walk to come to this place. It was my favourite museum when I was at University with many interesting and unusual displays.
Written November 11, 2020
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