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Visiting Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford

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Pitt Rivers Museum was originally built in 1884 by General Pitt Rivers when he was an influential figure in the development of archeology and evolutionary anthropology. The Pitt Rivers Museum mainly displays archaeological and ethnographic objects from all around the world. There were originally more than 26.000 things inside the museum but many were donated. Main collections that you can see there consist of extensive photographic, film, manuscript, and sound collections. Pitt Rivers Museum is located in the northern part of Oxford city. Take the tour inside Pitt Rivers Museum and discover many things that you might have never seen before.

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A Day in Pitt Rivers Museum

A Day in Pitt Rivers Museum

1. Performing Tibetan Identities : Photographic Portraits by Nyema Droma

1. Performing Tibetan Identities : Photographic Portraits by Nyema Droma

As what have stated before, Pitt Rivers Museum always offers a different kind of exhibition in their gallery. From the October 13, 2018 to May 30, 2019, there is a photography exhibition displaying the artworks owned by a young Tibetan photographer, Nyema Droma. As a young photographer, this is her first exhibition in a major museum. Her photos are mostly displaying how Tibetans living their life both as the part of global citizens and particularly as a Tibetan who keeps their heritage. Her pictures show one Tibetan wearing a daily life attires and a traditional Tibetan attires.

2. Workshops

2. Workshops

Not only that the museum is good for its exhibition, the museum is also a perfect place for you to learn how to make some artworks. There are plenty of workshops that are provided by Pitt Rivers Museum every month. The upcoming workshops that are going to be held in Pitt Rivers Museum are 'Poetry @the Pitt: Intrepid Women Workshop' that are going to be held on October 25, 2018 and Grass Basket Workshop which will be held on November 3, 2018. Things that you can do in the workshop will be various like making poems and making basket from grass that will fit perfectly for you to place some eggs.

3.  Afterhours

3. Afterhours

Afterhours is a program from Pitt Rivers Museum that allow the visitors to have some fascinating tour inside the gallery over a drink from the cash bar and in a childfree environment. In Afterhours, there will also be some other activites that you can do and watch such as collaborations, live performances, music, object handling, and many more. Each Afterhours always have one big theme and usually the theme are taken from one specific district or city in the world like Java and Bali.

4. Storytelling by Amantha Edmead

4. Storytelling by Amantha Edmead

If you are taking your children inside this museum, don't forget to take them to join a storytelling activity that will be lead by Amantha Edmead. Amantha Edmead is an actress, storyteller and theatre maker. She is very famous for her interactive performances. All ages are welcome to join this activity. One thing that you can absolutely do with your children here is enjoy the story and teach your kids about storytelling.

5. Explore the Collections

5. Explore the Collections

The collections inside Pitt Rivers museum are mainly consist of photographs, manuscript, sound, and film. The photographs there are of international importance. The manuscripts displays the papers of notable early anthropologists and curators associated with the museum. The sound collection mainly holds unique and historical recordings. For the films, eventhough the collections is in small amount, you can still find unique and historical films there. One thing that you can do while exploring the collections are watch and learn from the collections.

6. Museum of Sketchbook Images for Inspiration

6. Museum of Sketchbook Images for Inspiration

Inside Pitt Rivers Museum, there is another museum which will be perfect for children who are still learning how to draw with theme. Museum of Sketchbook Images for Inspiration is basically made for students of primary schools or higher who are studying art. In the museum, you can find so many pictures that are taken from drawings on sketchbook. There are many themes that you can choose to see such as masks, body art, human form in art, animals, patterns, and many more. Take the tour inside the museum with your children and let them explore through all the paintings.

Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

There are no administration or tickets as an enterace fee. Just simply go there and enjoy the museum.

How To Get Around?

To get around Pitt Rivers Museum is best go by foot. Because you will experience the historical items and take a look closer on it.

What Should I Wear?

To have some tour around Pitt Rivers Museum, there is no fixed dress code that you need to follow. Just wear something comfortable for you to have a tour around the museum. Also, wear a comfortable shoes so that you can walk around the museum in comfort.

Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford Facts

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Pitt Rivers Museum is when it opens, between 10 am to 5.30 pm, every Tuesday to Sunday, and between 12 pm to 16.30 pm on Monday. If you need to go back from the tour by public transportation, it will be better if you look at the time for availability of it.


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Will I Need a Guide?

It is okay to go have a tour on the Museum without guide, but if you want to know the history for each exhibition or things that displayed there, it will be very recomended to use a guide. The guided tour is available on Tuesday and Wednesday in 2.30 pm and 3.15 pm. No booking is necessary, but you need to be at the meeting point 5 minutes before the tour started.

How To Get There?

Pitt Rivers Museum is located in the northern side of Oxford city. 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. Visitors need to walk across the ground floor to reach it.

Additional Info

If you are planning to have a group visit to Pitt Rivers Museum, make sure that you book the tour first. It is also recommended to take the tour based on the people preferences like family, students, children, and many more. You can also visit the museum's official website to find more about the museum.