Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers is the University of Oxford’s Museum of Anthropology and World Archaeology.  It aspires to be the best university museum of anthropology and archaeology in the world, using its unique galleries as a focus for exemplary teaching and research and as an inspirational forum for the sharing of cultural knowledge amongst the widest possible public.

The Pitt Rivers Museum is an Aladdin's cave of treasures, including a rich and diverse mixture of cultures and crafts, prehistoric and modern, from all over the world.  It is famous for the period feel of its displays in which artefacts are arranged according to their function, leading visitors to reflect on our common identity as human beings, as much as on what separates us by culture. In recent years, the Museum has also transformed itself into a major family-friendly attraction, and in 2005 was the joint winner of the Guardian newspaper’s award as the most Family-Friendly Museum in the country.

You can help the Museum to achieve its aims by donating to and supporting:

  • the preservation and care of the collections
  • education and outreach activities for the wider community
  • maintenance and improvements of the museum building