Pitt Rivers Museum

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

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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.
Model boat

Pitt Stop: World Explorers

  • 7 February 2015 1-4pm

Go on a journey of discovery with intrepid travellers and create your own explorer hat!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

Free drop-in session. Suitable for children aged 5+ but all ages welcome. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

Yellow and orange Javanese dance scarves

Under 5 event: Dance to the Ditty

  • 12 February 2015 10:30am-4pm

Grab a Javanese dance scarf and get dancing at this special event for under 5s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Two free drop-in sessions: 10.30-12.30 & 14.00-16.00. Suitable for under 5s. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

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February Half-Term Activities: Home Sweet Habitat

  • 16 — 18 February 2015

Explore how animals and humans make themselves at home and build your own little den. Crafts, object handling and a family friendly talk at 3pm.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free drop-in sessions: 13.00-16.00 Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

Nigerian Masquerade costume

Saturday Spotlight: Nigerian Masks and Masquerade

  • 21 February 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Zena McGreevy, Senior Assistant Curator, talks about the stages involved in selecting and researching the objects for the Nigerian Mask and Masquerade display. There is never enough room to include everything. What influences the choices of what to include? What doesn't make it and why? This illustrated talk gives an insight into what goes on behind the scenes during the development of a new display, as well as shedding light on some of the complex uses and meanings of these stunning Nigerian masks.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free entry. Suitable for adults and older children.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/spotlights.html

Leather saddle

Pitt Stop: Giddy Up

  • 7 March 2015 1-4pm

Saddle up and learn all about leatherwork in the museum.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

Free drop in session. Suitable for children aged 5+. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

Asian brass trumpet

Under 5 event: Singing Around the World

  • 12 March 2015 10:30am-4pm

Learn catchy traditional tunes from around the world and make a noisy instrument to practice them at home! Especially for under 5s.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Two free drop-in sessions: 10.30-12.30 & 14.00-16.00. Suitable for under 5s. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/events.html

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Wow!How?

  • 14 March 2015 10am-4pm

Make, test, explore and explode with excitement at our annual bonanza of experiments and hands-on fun.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Suitable for all ages. Please ensure that all children are accompanied by an adult.

Women's brown leather boots with bright pink laces and decorative stitching.

Saturday Spotlight: L for Leather!

  • 21 March 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Andrew Hughes, VERVE project conservator talks about some interesting findings and difficult challenges whllst preparing objects for display in the new Hide and Leather working case. Leather has a multitude of uses from shoes to saddles, water carriers to writing material. The Museum collection houses leather from Ancient Egypt to the present day, made from the skin from mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. This varied material presents a conservator with many different problems. What are the needs of historic leather? What stories can conservation work reveal about these objects and what new questions have they raised?

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free entry. Suitable for adults and older children. Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/spotlights.html

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.

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