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Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

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Full of archaeological and anthropological scholarly achievements, Pitt Rivers Museum is also easy on the eyes. When you enter the main court on the bottom floor, row after row of glass cases will greet you. These are filled with artifacts collected from every corner of the world by scientists at the University of Oxford. Look up and you may see some of the artifacts hanging above your head from the sculpted steel support beams. The second floor was renovated in 2009 and reopened as the Clore Duffield Education Center. This is a family-friendly center that gives visitors of all ages a chance to touch exhibits and learn the ins and outs of archaeology. Use our Oxford vacation planner to add Pitt Rivers Museum and other attractions to your Oxford vacation plans.
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  • Great museum, there is so much to see for all the family. Its wall to wall of artifacts and items from across the world. Truly beautiful to see. 
    Great museum, there is so much to see for all the family. Its wall to wall of artifacts and items from across the world. Truly beautiful to see.  more »
  • Lots of references to how awful the Empire was, none to the British banning female infanticide and widow-burning in India, for example, or patrolling the oceans to stamp out the international slave... 
    Lots of references to how awful the Empire was, none to the British banning female infanticide and widow-burning in India, for example, or patrolling the oceans to stamp out the international slave...  more »
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  • Do you like wandering around a maze of nightmare fuel for small children? Want to learn some freaky facts and see well catalogued artifacts that would have Indy drooling on his whip? Look no further. Feels like the kind of place you'd definitely get cursed for touching anything within, rather than just politely asked to leave. It's jam packed with all sorts of crazy and fascinating things from all over the world. Well worth a look. And they sometimes have awesome little exhibitions and displays, like a Day of the Dead celebration, where you got to learn all about the histories and ceremonies, rather than just painting your face with pretty skull-dot patterns. Sadly, the shrunken heads display got taken down. Creepy, but awesome to see that side of international history. Bring back the shrunken heads!
  • Amazing. If there is complaint it would be that there is TOO many artefacts in there. An absolute must for anyone visiting oxford. Its combined with the Natural History museum which is awesome as well... not 'stuffy' like other museums of its ilk.. having said that the Pitt Rivers is unique... and best of all... its FREE!! Whats no to like?!?!

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