Pitt Rivers Museum

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University of Oxford South Parks Road

  • Phone: 01865 270927

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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

10.00 - 16.30 Tuesday to Sunday (and bank holiday Mondays) 12.00 - 16.30 Monday


Admission Free

Travel directions:

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.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Mail order service available
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan
  • Lecture theatre
  • Late night openings
  • Bicycle park
  • Buggy parking facilities
  • Studio/working space available
  • Conference facilities available
  • Cinema/film screening facilities

Facilities information:

Induction loop available in museum shop. Please pre-book disabled parking spaces.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Audio guides specifically for blind and partially sighted people
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in lecture theatres
  • Information point provided
  • Large print information and/or interpretation
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits
  • Handling sessions
  • Volunteering scheme offered
  • Online shop
  • Membership and/or Friends scheme offered
  • General audio-guide available
  • Foreign language leaflet or brochure available
  • Community outreach programme/service
  • Special educational needs education services available
  • Professional development and training for teachers
  • Online teaching materials available
  • Early years education service available
  • General guide to collections available
  • Licensing programme
  • Commercial filming service
  • Support for extended schools services available

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