The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford

The Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (must see)

When you have finished visiting the Museum of Natural History, don’t leave without going to see the Pitt-Rivers Museum whose entrance is in the Natural History Museum.

This brilliant museum houses one of the best archaeology and anthropology collections in the world. It began with 20000 objects donated by Lieutenant General Pitt-Rivers on the understanding that archaeology and anthropology be taught at the University. All the museum staff are teachers of these two subjects.

The collection now has over half a million artifacts spread out on three storeys of wrought iron verandas. Most of these items were donated to the museum by travelers and missionaries and include handmade objects from ancient cultures.

The wonderful thing about this museum is that the items on display in wood and glass cases are arranged according to their use, instead of chronologically. This was Pitt-Rivers idea of how a museum should display its exhibits and it is a very good idea, because in this way you can plainly see the evolution of design and culture.

So you will see canoes in different stages of sophistication suspended from the ceiling, farming tools, trepanning tools that make you feel very lucky to have been born in the 20th century and other medical articles and items used in witchcraft, including a pickled slug that was used to cure warts.

Among the more amusing items is an antique Chinese opium pipe next to a modern “bong” made from a Coca-Cola bottle used for smoking marijuana, donated recently by students.

Opening hours: Monday- 12:00- 16.30; Tuesday to Sunday- 10.00 - 16.30 (and bank holiday Mondays);
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Sight Name: The Pitt Rivers Museum
Sight Location: Oxford, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Museums and Galleries in Oxford   City Orientation Walk  

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