Oxford Museums

Oxford is home to lots of old stuff, and they put some of it in buildings called museums.  We wandered into three such places; The Ashmoleon, Pitt Rivers Museum, and The Museum of the History of Science.

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Pitt Rivers Museum

Pitt Rivers is smaller than I though it would be, basically a large hall filled with natural history.  There is a huge jawbone of a whale in the doorway, as well as dinosaur skeletons, examples of rocks and minerals, and a bee hive.  It was fun and freeand worth a look if you’re in Oxford.Little correction here- apparently we only visited the National History Museum and the Pitt Rivers Museum is through a little door around the back!

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Pitt Rivers Museum

The Ashmolean is a lot bigger but we arrived about 30mins before closing so just rushed through.  It looked like they had a large and varied collection. As well as being a museum it also houses artwork and seemed to have a lot of Oriental art and displays. The cafe looked very nice (but we didn’t eat there) as did the shop.

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The Ashmolean

I don’t have any pictures from the Museum of the History of Science because whilst I was there I was largely uninspired to take any, also everything was behind glass cases which produces terrible photos.  That Museum is very small (no cafe, not even toilets!) and quite disappointing.  They seemed to think that quantity was important and had lots and lots of the same things in cases without much contextualizing information.  There was some cool stuff like Einstein’s famous blackboard with equations and the first culture of penicillin but they were hidden away in the basement and surrounded by things that didn’t seem relevant to them.  A good collection, badly organised!

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  1. Totally agree with your comment on the Museum of Science but in fact, you have missed the Pitt Rivers. The Pitt Rivers is found behind the Natural History Museum. You access it through a small door located at the back of the Natural History Museum and it is worth seeing as it is a museum that has remained in the same state since the 19th century. If you are still in Oxford, it’s worth a visit.


    • Thanks for your comment- I had no idea that wasn’t the Pitt Rivers Museum! We followed all the signs we saw and ended up there! I’m not planning another trip to Oxford so I’ll probably have to give it a miss 😦


      • Ah that’s a shame but it’s true the Pitt Rivers is not well advertised at all.


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