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.
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Crafty Networking

  • 5 March 2015 6-8pm *on now

Join us at the O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle Quarter for the first Crafty Networking evening of 2015. The Ashmolean's Eastern Art administrator and organiser of 'The Big Stitch', Aimee Payton, will talk about 'The Big Stitch', a series of tours, talks and workshops presented in partnership with the Embroiderer's Guild, making reference to the Ashmolean's 'The Eye of The Needle' exhibition and drawing links between historic and contemporary practice.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Free entry. Taking place in the O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle Quarter.

Website

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/craftynetworking.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

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Craft Cafe at the Pitt Rivers Museum

  • 8 March — 12 April 2015

Come to the Craft Cafe to meet new people, learn about the Museum's collections and create a craft to take home! Sessions start with a short tour in the galleries, before heading to the Museums' Annexe to relax, chat and craft. The Craft Cafe will run 2-4pm on the following Sundays: 8th March (Print handmade posters and cards), 22nd March (Customise a canvas bag), 29th March (Paint beautiful wooden Easter eggs), 12th April (Recycle paper to make stylish jewellery and coasters).

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets cost £3 to cover the costs of materials and refreshments. Places are limited, so booking is essential.

Website

http://bit.ly/17YKFsh

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

Clay work

Saturday Spotlight: Exploring Clay in the Pitt Rivers Museum

  • 18 April 2015 2:30-3:30pm

Artist Georgie Manly is currently delivering a ceramics project for Pitt Rivers Museum in collaboration with the Old Fire Station and Crisis. It comprises a 12-week course for Crisis members, creating clay works inspired by the Pitt Rivers collection of vessels. The project culminates with an exhibition at the Old Fire Station Gallery in May. In this Spotlight talk, Georgie will be taking us through the project, presenting her own ceramic work and a glimpse of what we can expect in the forthcoming exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

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

Website

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

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Nanook of the North - A Live Soundtrack

  • 9 May 2015 7:30pm-10am

Pitt Rivers AfterHours, OCM and Dead Rat Orchestra present 'Nanook of the North - A Live Soundtrack'. Dead Rat Orchestra perform live at the North Wall, presenting their own soundtrack to the classic, controversial and possibly first ever, feature length documentary 'Nanook of the North'. With expert introduction and post film Q and A.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Tickets £14 (Concessions £10). Please see http://bit.ly/1BH55RP for booking details.

Website

http://bit.ly/1BH55RP

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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