Pitt Rivers Museum

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The Pitt Rivers Museum is the University of Oxford's museum of anthropology and world archaeology. Founded in 1884 following a gift to the University from General Pitt-Rivers it retains its unique period atmosphere with dense displays of artefacts, many in the original wooden display cabinets. As a result, it has often been described as a 'Museum of Museums'.

The new extension and restored entrance which provide better provisions for the public, students and staff is now complete.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.00 - 16.30 Tuesday to Sunday (and bank holiday Mondays)
12.00 - 16.30 Monday

Admission charges

Admission Free

Getting there

The entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum is through the Oxford University Museum Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. The Pitt Rivers' entrance is at the far wall of the OUMNH. The OUMNH is closed during 2013 but access to the Pitt Rivers remains as usual.

Parking: The Museum unfortunately cannot offer parking facilities. Vehicles parking in the University's Science Area without a permit are liable to be wheel-clamped. We suggest that you look for parking in either the side streets around the Museum or at the multi-storey car park. We can offer disabled parking, please call 01865 270927 to book a space.

By bus: There are also five Park and Ride car parks (situated on the A40 at Headington; Red Bridge at the bottom of the Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington and Seacourt at Botley). The coach park is on Oxpens Road. The walk from the coach park and the multi-storey car parks to the Museum is about half an hour.

By train: Oxford train station is approximately a 20 minute level walk to the Museum.

By cycle: There are bicycle racks outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Additional info

Induction loop available in museum shop.
Please pre-book disabled parking spaces.

The entire collection of the Pitt Rivers Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Pitt Rivers Museum takes the world for its province, with collections of artefacts that date from earliest times to the present day and extensive photographic and archival collections. The museum is a resource of international importance for the study of human cultures and their history. Its collections span all parts of the world from prehistory to the present day and celebrate the range of human creativity and technological ingenuity.

The collections are arranged typologically with material organised not by origin or date but by function to show how, at different times and in different parts of the world, people solved a wide range of everyday problems. Every aspect of human life is presented in displays of basketry, body adornment, magic, masks, medicine, music making, navigation and textiles, among dozens of other themes. These are complemented by a number of culture-specific displays, such as that devoted to material from the South Seas collected on Captain Cook's Second famous Voyage of Discovery.

Collection details

World Cultures, Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Religion, Photography, Music, Costume and Textiles, Archaeology, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • The museum's displays contain an almost overwhelming variety of material from masks to magic, mummies to musical instruments. Highlights include a 40ft Totem pole, a witch in a bottle and a temporary exhibition of photographs taken in Iraq, by the renound traveller Wilfred Thesiger.
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Cult Screens on the Museum lawn

Cult Screens: Cinema at the Museum

  • 24 — 26 August 2016 *on now

Once again Cult Screens will take over the Museums' Lawn for a weekend of cinema, popcorn and hot dogs! Catch Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo +Juliet', 'Back to the Future' and 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'. Ticket prices vary, book online.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Ticket prices vary, book online. Open 19.00 for 20.30 start

Website

http://bit.ly/29gLa1u

Mask display

Sensing Culture: A Tour of the Mask Displays for Blind & Partially Sighted Visitors

  • 25 August 2016 11am-12pm

A hands-on tour of the Museum designed to highlight different aspects of the Museum's collections, specially created for visitors with impaired sight. Part of our Heritage Lottery funded 'Sensing Culture' partner programme with the RNIB.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry but booking essential. Please email outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/special-events

Pitt Fest activities

Pitt Fest: Archaeology!

  • 3 September 2016 11am-6pm

if you like your archaeology experimental, join us at the 4th Annual Pitt Fest. Interact with everything from ancient arrow heads and marvellous middens, to bronze age bodies and stone age poo! Live music, Pimms tent & refreshments throughout the day. Activities for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Keep an eye on our Facebook group for the most up-to-date information on activities and events.

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/special-events

Painting of procession of musicians

Musical Instrument Object Handling

  • 10 September 2016 11am-3pm

Join us in the galleries for a special object handling session where we'll explore the diverse range of musical instruments in the handling collection. You'll even get to have a go at creating your own tune!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission. Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/special-events

Illustration of kabuki theatre form

Saturday Spotlight: Paul Griffith, The Japanese Stage

  • 17 September 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Paul Griffith, co-author of 'A Guide to the Japanese Stage' will speak about the history and traditions of kabuki theatre.

Admission

Free admission. Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/saturday-spotlight-talks

Image from the PRM collection

PRINT, PROJECT, COLLECT

  • 17 September 2016 2-4:30pm

The third in a series of 3 afternoon workshops covering different aspects of photography - photographic prints & printmaking, lantern slides & projection and photography collections & collecting practices. Run by curatorial staff, the workshops will feature material from the Museum's photograph collections, as well as talks and handling sessions.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£16 per workshop or £40 for all three workshops

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/talks

Black & white image of ballet dancers performing

Saturday Spotlight: Stephanie Berger, Photography of Performance

  • 15 October 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Documentary photographer Stephanie Berger has photographed some of the world's leading performers in the fields of theatre and dance of over twenty-five years. This talk will provide an insight into her work. Some of her photographs are currently on display in the Museum's Long Gallery exhibition 'Kabuki - Behind the Scenes'.

Admission

Free admission. Entry via the Oxford Museum of Natural History.

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/saturday-spotlight-talks

Choir singing on Lower Gallery

Singing at Ark T

  • 21 October 2016 11am-12pm

East Oxford based community choir, 'Singing at Ark T' will be on the balcony and in full song. Join us for inclusive singing in the galleries; experienced and novice singers welcome. Songs will respond to the collections, so expect to expand your knowledge of Zulu chants and welcoming songs from the Pacific! The group are part of Sound Resource and meet regularly at Ark T.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry.

Website

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/special-events

Getting there

The entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum is through the Oxford University Museum Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. The Pitt Rivers' entrance is at the far wall of the OUMNH. The OUMNH is closed during 2013 but access to the Pitt Rivers remains as usual.

Parking: The Museum unfortunately cannot offer parking facilities. Vehicles parking in the University's Science Area without a permit are liable to be wheel-clamped. We suggest that you look for parking in either the side streets around the Museum or at the multi-storey car park. We can offer disabled parking, please call 01865 270927 to book a space.

By bus: There are also five Park and Ride car parks (situated on the A40 at Headington; Red Bridge at the bottom of the Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington and Seacourt at Botley). The coach park is on Oxpens Road. The walk from the coach park and the multi-storey car parks to the Museum is about half an hour.

By train: Oxford train station is approximately a 20 minute level walk to the Museum.

By cycle: There are bicycle racks outside the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Pitt Rivers Museum
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3PP
England

Website

Website

www.prm.ox.ac.uk

E-mail

prm@prm.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

01865 270927

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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