Oxford’s Gem – Pitt Rivers Museum

Most people associate Oxford with the infamous Oxford University (sorry Mom that I didn’t decide to get my degree here) and of course, Harry Potter. Spending a day in Oxford allows you enough time to walk around the city centre and take in the great architecture.

 

IMG_1298IMG_1187_2IMG_1185_2IMG_1202IMG_1201IMG_1176I would recommend entering the trinity college campus for just £1. It is such a pretty campus with vast gardens, probably for the annual Quidditch game. You can see here the inspiration that J.K Rowling had from this city. 

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Now get ready for the best part – Pitt Rivers Museum. Founded in 1884, this Museum houses a large archaeological and anthropological collection! The entrance is through the Oxford University of Natural History. Not only did I fall in love with Stan the T-rex (apparently Scientist believe that this dinosaur was possibly covered in feathers!), I learnt a lot about the way of life of different groups of people from around the world.

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The museum has two main halls with 2-3 floors of displays. Whilst General Pitt Rivers donated his collection to the Oxford University, a large amount of the items were given by travelers, teachers, anthropologist etc who collected them from the people who made or used them. IMG_1247_2IMG_1252_2IMG_1273_2IMG_1259_2

Note: this is not an alien, it is a diamond squid which can grow up to 1 metre.IMG_1240_2IMG_1264IMG_1255

Some collections transport you into the world of black magic and mystical beliefs.IMG_1267

Many of these objects were kept as they were found and believed to bring power and good luck. There are some pre-historic tools that were believed to have been created by lightning and used to protect someone from lightning.IMG_1269IMG_1289_2

Entry to the museum is free and walking into it feels like walking into the great hall with age old mysteries waiting to be solved. It’s a great option for the kids too. They get a quiz sheet that they can fill out while finding their way through the maze of collections. I was so jealous I wasn’t asked to participate! I was also slightly disappointed that Stan didn’t come alive, but apart from that, it is such an impressive collection that dives in deeper into the world.

It adds just a little more magic to Oxford.

 

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