Pitt Rivers Museum
Pitt Rivers Museum
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 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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  • Christopher Q
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two Museums in One .
    Two Splendid museums . The buildings are works of art in themselves .Both museums are United through a door . The natural history building is a Victoria tour de force with a glass roof supported by gothic cast iron columns. The exhibits are fascinating and we spent more time there than we had imagined . It was certainly worth a visit and not far from the centre of town although not very well signposted .
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • S_Hvass
    Bramming, Denmark694 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing collection
    This museum has an amazing collection from all over the world, and you could spend hours walking around the exhibition. We have never seen such and impressive collection anywhere else in the world. In addition to the items on display, the building itself is quite extraordinary and adds to the good experience it is to come here. We would absolutely recommend that you visit this place when in Oxford.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • mikeylikesit2016
    Catonsville, Maryland81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pitt Rivers for the win!
    Missed the shrunken heads! But a great museum with in-depth examinations of societies from around the world in the UKs realm. Great anatomical specimens for examination with some areas more kid focused. Happy to make a 5£ donation at the door. Friendly staff guiding you to various rooms and floors. Prepare to walk!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 11, 2023
  • MrQuiet1949
    London, United Kingdom381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a museum that shouldn't be missed.
    An interesting museum with a lot more to see than most museums. One part with some great skeletons of animals and another part which seems to have a collection of just about anything collectible from around the world and through history. Masks, weapons and artefacts. There is too much on display to possibly do it justice in a short description.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Eddi G
    Belize City, Belize25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thought provoking and incredible eclectic cultural history orable
    This is one of the most eclectic collection of artefacts from around the world n'organised in themes and not chronological. It is like an Aladdin's cave. So much to see.. And they are making an effort to explain colonialism.. Especially the dark side when we stole their culture and treated people as chattels. Provocative.. Yes but truthful
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 4, 2023
  • cthomind
    Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Time well spent
    Excellent museum. Spent an enjoyable few hours looking at the very well organized and interesting displays. Very convenient and lovely cafe overlooking museum. Very helpful staff. One of our best experiences in Oxford.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 21, 2023
  • oxcampus
    Oxford, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Literary Tour really good fun
    We booked the literary tour to break up a boring January in Oxford. It was right up our street so many famous books and films have taken inspiration from items at the museum and we had no idea. Our guide Kieron was so enthusiastic and knowledgable . Really enjoyed it and the time went very quickly. Throughly recommend
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 14, 2024
  • ATraveller363
    Hampshire, United Kingdom169 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A first visit to this special place
    A selection of amazing things that without places like this would be lost to history. Attached to the back of the Natural History Museum and a great place to walk through and around. So much to see and with so many cases it feels unique as to what a Museum should feel like. With so many cases it can feel a bit cramped, lighting for some of the cases and information on the exhibits could be better, it feels Victorian and quirky but is all the better for it. A bit random going from one set of cases to another to the extent I never really knew what I was going to look at next especially on the ground floor. The first and second floors are a bit more themed as you walk along and feel more orderly as a result, there is a bit more space for exhibits and visitors too.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Rob D
    Kendal, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always amazing
    Another lovely visit. So many lovely parts to this museum. Very special. Amazing layout. Some of our favourites, watching the bee's, amazed by the insects, stunning building, coffee and cake with a view!
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 29, 2024
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Lorna R
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Good luck getting past the doors if you are a young adult... a women at the door assumes that you are in a college group and will not let you in if you haven’t booked. She asks if you have been before and then where we are from and by rights we had no reason to tell her. Then there was a petty argument discriminating against younger looking visitors and not picking out other age groups because said woman “knows they are not in college”.
There was just two of us and she continued to decline entry even though other people in groups of four were just wandering in. She had also specifically pointed out that we needed an adult as if we were not capable as young adults and threw in that she “had turned down people from China” really not something to brag about.
We had specifically traveled down to be educated about those museums and the disruptions has badly implicated our work as it was vital research. We will not be belittled as if we are children just because a women seems to think that older ages are superior.
Written March 4, 2020
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LMH
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Do NOT make a visit if you are in a group larger than 6. We were greeted by an AGGRESSIVE, RUDE and CONDESCENDING lady who escorted us out the building saying she wanted to talk to an adult because we weren’t aloud to enter on our own (baring in mind we are 19). We tried a second time to enter the museum 2 hours later in groups of 4 and 2 as we traveled 3 hours and would be a waste of a day if we didn’t enter the museum. Four of us were aloud in however she was very reluctant, but the other two weren’t she was continuously asking where we were from(even though that has no relevance) and was giving us no valid reason to why we couldn’t enter. I have been treated with so much disrespect and this lady was ludicrous and obviously needs to be retrained or get a new attitude, we would understand if we were a huge group of children who obviously need adult supervision however I am 20 this year and do not need to be told that I am only aloud to enter with an adult or on my own another day! I was looking forward to visiting however after this experience will never be returning
The lady had blonde short hair and flowery trousers
Written March 4, 2020
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MRHB
Stoke-on-Trent, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I am disgusted by the way I have been treated today. As a group of 6 we were “greeted” at the door by an extremely patronising member of staff. She frog marched us out the the building as she requested we have an adult/course leader with us after interrogating us on where we were from. Bare in mind every one of us is 18-19 and are classed as adults and were there on an independently arranged visit. We were accused of being with other people and pretty much shouted at by this lady. The fact we were from stoke seemed to insinuate the interrogation, and low key felt like discrimination. We returned later as a 4 thinking we would be let in (which we were), due to the issues caused previously, the remaining 2 of us came in later but were refused entry and once again angrily interrogated by this member of staff. Us inside were followed round the exhibition and this particular rude member of staff was watching us and shaking her finger at us. Safe to say our trip was ruined by the disgusting display of customer service by varied members of staff at the Pitt Rivers Museum and will never be returning again. This staff member was blonde and wore flowery trousers.
Written March 4, 2020
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Kit
Nottingham, UK13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Popped in here for an hour or so having also visited the Natural History Museum (both are free to enter, and you access the Pitt Rivers via a door in the back of the NHM - not especially clear!)

I have truly never seen a museum like this in my life. It is one large room on three levels, where the top two are mezzanines. The place is absolutely jam packed with a very eclectic mix of exhibits from all over the world. While the sourcing of many of them has an uncomfortable past, there are a few new information boards providing better context, and some of the most egregious exhibits (the 'shrunken heads', for example) have been removed.

The room is not especially well lit and it can be hard to make out what certain things actually are, as the labelling is unclear. Additionally, it is very cramped! This is both in terms of the actual exhibits - hundreds of artefacts crammed into every display - as well as the walkways in between displays being narrow and difficult to navigate.

All that being said, there are so many beautiful, intriguing and intricate artefacts to see, and it is a very different experience to many other museums. I would absolutely recommend a visit to anyone with a little time to spare in Oxford (it should take less than an hour to get a feel for the place), although it is perhaps not best designed for excitable children who would prefer to get back to the big dinosaurs next door!
Written February 20, 2022
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liz c
Manchester, UK140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
Spent nearly 3 hours going round the Museum, there is just so much to see, its all free you just have to make a £5 donation to the trust to keep the place going, well worth it. They have a cafe with snacks and drinks, and its upstairs so you get a great view of the museum from up there. Slight criticsm that its a bit dark and a bit crammed with to much stuff to see properly but a great building
Written October 6, 2021
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pink-star-355
Abingdon, UK100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
I visited with my 5 year old son and I felt there wasn’t enough for children. I understand that this is down to cost (especially for a museum that is free entry!) but I found that after a quick run around the dinosaur fossils he had lost interest.

The upstairs exhibition on insects felt like it was stuck in the 60’s, with bugs on sticks and glass cabinets with no interactive element. As an adult, I found it interesting, but for children it was a shame that the museum has not invested more in making it more appealing. Doing some kind of trail would have been great, even having to pay £1 to take part. I really want to support smaller, local museums but I felt like this was stuck in the past with stuffed animals and a lot of text.
Written November 12, 2021
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HappyChappy2b
Winchester, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Wow thats a lot of stuff and a lot of cultures.
I've never been to a museum with so much stuff on display!
It covers cultures and agrees from across the globe and time.
From pottery and Peru to shrunken heads to fire making from tattoos and baskets to scissors and masks.
It's an amazing collection and with browsing although there is so much is hard to take it in... With going again as you will certainly see something you had missed before.
There is a lift between the 3 floors and toilets (accessible) on the ground floor.
No charge to enter but donations as a contribution to upkeep welcomed... And why wouldn't you?
I saw plenty of buggies being navigated through the densely packed displays so i guess i wheelchair might too!

It's an annex of the natural history museum.

I'd go again :)
Written February 18, 2020
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meyerlindenberg
Palo Alto, CA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Vitrines that are stuffed and crowded to bursting, labeled by hand and arranged quite idiosyncratically gives this a feel unlike any other museum in Oxford. A bit like wandering into Indiana Jones‘ museum. I really enjoyed it.
Written January 19, 2020
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK20,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This museum is very interesting and has a massive range of exhibits focusing on different cultures. They include costumes, jewellery, weapons and lots different objects from various cultures. There are so many exhibits, you could easily spend several hours looking around the museum.
You also have the Natural History Museum next door.
Written January 7, 2020
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Ousontlesbaggages
Cardiff, UK55 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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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