Pitt Rivers Museum

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Oxford , England
South Parks Rd
+44 1865 270927
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Opening hours
noon-4.30pm Mon, 10am-4.30pm Tue-Sun
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Hidden away through a door at the back of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History , this wonderfully creepy anthropological museum houses a treasure trove of half a million objects from around the world – more than enough to satisfy any armchair adventurer. One of the reasons it’s so brilliant is the fact there are no computers, interactive displays or shiny modern gimmicks. Dim lighting lends an air of mystery to glass cases stuffed with the prized booty of Victorian explorers.

Objects are mostly divided into themes, rather than culture, with subjects such as ‘Smoking’, ‘Weapons’, ‘Body Art’ or ‘Treatment of Dead Enemies’ (a particularly gruesome ensemble). Among the feathered cloaks, silver toe rings, teeth necklaces, Indonesian carvings, blowpipes, shields, magic charms, Noh masks, totem poles, musical instruments, global textiles and shrunken heads, you may spot ceremonial headgear from Uganda worn during circumcision ceremonies, ancient dental implements and a suspended East African boat.