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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 history, lovely place as a turist to spend a couple of hours. The dinosours are worth the visit as well as other things 
    Great history, lovely place as a turist to spend a couple of hours. The dinosours are worth the visit as well as other things  more »
  • I love this museum. It's like going back in time. I took my 6 year old son. Initially he struggled to engage but a kind member of staff showed him the "mouse hunt" which really captured his... 
    I love this museum. It's like going back in time. I took my 6 year old son. Initially he struggled to engage but a kind member of staff showed him the "mouse hunt" which really captured his...  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!
  • The Pitt rivers museum clearly cares about how the objects inside it are being perceived in the modern day, I liked how the first thing I read as I walked in educated me on this. The displays themselves are just amazing - how often can one person see so many strange and amazing pieces of history from all over the world in one place. The interior architecturally is significant and pleasing and is just such an incredible and beautiful space. The current display on Queer culture and gender is so poignant and an amazing modern display that works with the rest of the museum.

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