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

General enquiries

prm@prm.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

Recorded general information, group bookings and option to speak our Receptionist

01865 270927

Fax

General fax number

01865 270943

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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.
Please check for details of Christmas and Easter opening.

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.
Engraved artillery shell cases and other WW1 memorabilia

First World War Tours

  • 4 June — 12 November 2014 *on now

A WW1 tour with a difference - consider how this conflict affected people around the world before, during and after 1914-18. On this free 20 minute tour you'll discover stories behind fascinating and poignant objects; from currency to engraved artillery shell cases, from musical instruments to armour. Part of the First World War Centenary programme.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free tour at 3.15pm every Wednesday afternoon from 4 June 2014 to 12 November 2014.

Website

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

Detail of carving on Haida Great Box

Woodcarvers Gathering - Haida Great Box

  • 18 September 2014 10am-4pm

The knowledge encoded in the Haida Great Box at the Pitt Rivers Museum will be unlocked by two carvers from Haida Gwaii during their museum residency. Brothers Jaalen and Gwaii Edenshaw will carve a new version of the box based on the original, refining contemporary Haida artistic technique through their own study of this fascinating object. Jaalen and Gwaii are opening their 'studio' to fellow woodcarvers, specifically those who use mostly hand tools (sculptors, furniture-makers,etc). The sessions will allow the chance to observe them at work, exchange knowledge, ask questions and see the historic box from close up.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Two sessions : 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-16.00. Free of charge but booking essential because spaces are limited. To book, please email maya.herbolzheimer@prm.ox.ac.uk.

Website

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

Pouring molten metal from glowing furnace

Iron Here and There

  • 20 September 2014 2:30-3:30pm

Sculptor & director of The Bullpen Foundry, Wesley Jacobs, will talk about the alchemy of casting iron sculpture, running furnaces, wielding and manipulating metal and how it draws people into its magic and mystique. Wesley was awarded a 2013 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to undertake practical research into current iron casting practice in the USA. Since returning to the UK, he has been putting into practice his experience, having built a new furnace and teaching at his small foundry near Abingdon.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free entry.

Website

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

Toy aeroplane made from recycled materials

Pitt Stop: Round, round, get around

  • 4 October 2014 1-4pm

Planes that soar, boats that float and cars that va-va-vroom!

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

Crafternoon logo on diamond background

Crafternoon

  • 7 October — 2 December 2014

Come along with your children for a series of free afternoons of crafts inspired by the Museum's collections. Join a rich mix of professional crafters, hobbyists, parents, care givers and their children to learn more skills and share crafty interests. Led by crafter Sarah Cullen, you'll be invited to work on your own personal panel that will become part of a larger Pitt Rivers Crafternoon quilt. We hope you'll take the Crafternoon opportunity to share and learn new skills, socialise and network, and to explore the collections in new and exciting craft-filled ways.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free entry. Every Tuesday afternoon from 7 October 2014 - 2 December 2014. Spaces are limited, so booking is required. Please email maya.herbolzheimer@prm.ox.ac.uk for more information and booking.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/pdf/crafternoon.pdf

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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