You can enter the Pitt Rivers Museum through Oxford University's Museum of Natural History. Both of these museums are free to enter; a voluntary donation is asked for.
We visited the Natural History Museum in London only last year, and so not having seen photos of Oxford University's Museum of Natural History, I'm not sure what I was expecting.
Perhaps I was expecting a typical museum, with rows of items in cases. However, after prying open the huge wooden doors at the entrance of the grand building, we were met with a sight that surpassed the famous Kensington's building's entrance hall.
The Museum of Natural History is very impressive
The massive hall, constructed out of stone and metalwork, has a high glass ceiling. Standing on the floor, are full-size creatures, from prehistoric to those found alive today.
Including the iconic Tyranasauraous Rex.
We visited on a Saturday in February and the museum was packed. Families were making their own way around, on a guided tour, or children going around completing a booklet of questions and things to find that the museum provides.
There were many exhibits that were casts of specimens, with signs encouraging children to touch and get engaged. However, there were other exhibits within reach that had small signs saying do not touch. This was the one thing that let the museum down, as it was confusing to kids (and us parents!) what could and couldn't be touched. It wasn't always obvious.
The Pitt Rivers Museum
Connected to the Oxford University of Natural History is the Pitt Rivers Museum.
Once again, we went through huge wooden doors to reveal another sight we weren't expecting, and another "Wow"!
It would be easy to imagine the Pitt Rivers Museum as the treasured collections from Indiana Jones. The museum is packed floor to ceiling with items from civilisations all over the world, from 'death heads' to clothes and costumes.
Everywhere you looked, that was something else to see.
Unnoticed by us at first was a huge totem pole that spans floor to ceiling. This thing was massive!
Facilities DetailsThere are lifts to get wheelchairs and pushchairs to the upper floors. There is a cafe on the first floor of the Museum of Natural History.
Accessibility InfoClick this link to view their Accessibility Details
Free admission. Donations are welcome.
On The Map
There is Pay and Display parking close to the Museum on Mansfield Road, Keble Road and Blackhall Road. View fees and locations.
There are five Park and Ride car parks (on the A40 at Headington; Redbridge, Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington; and Seacourt at Botley). The main car park for the city is at the Westgate.
AddressOxford University Museum of Natural History & the Pitt Rivers Museum
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford