Pitt Rivers Museum
S Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PP, UK
| +44 1865 270927
Tue - Sun 10am - 4:30pm
Mon 12pm - 4:30pm
Around The World in Half a Million ObjectsSo you are looking for something out of the ordinary. Perhaps some shrunken heads, the trophies of Amazonian tribal communities? Or a Sussex witch trapped in a bottle? Maybe a severed finger is more your style, or instruments of self-torture?
Enter into the weird and wonderful world of the Pitt Rivers Museum named after its founder, Lieutenant-General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers and one of the world’s finest collection of anthropological artefacts in the world.
With over half a million objects, you could spend a lifetime peering into the old glass cases and reading the original hand-written tags to identify amulets and charms, voodoo dolls and weapons, a Hawaiian feather coat or an American Indian shirt decorated with porcupine quills.
In the dim light, you could be forgiven in thinking it was 1884 when the collection first arrived in Oxford. In fact some areas of the museum are so shadowy that the guards carry torches. Which of course all adds to the mystery.
What makes this such a favourite is the unexpected – you never know quite what you’ll find when you pull out the large wooden drawers underneath the display cabinets. A true experiential museum, it makes you feel as if you've been the intrepid explorer for a few hours.