Venue Hire

The Pitt Rivers Museum can provide a unique venue for your event, as it is one of the world's great museums of anthropology and world archaeology. Guests can relax, mingle and chat as they wander between cases displaying an almost overwhelming array of intriguing artefacts from all corners of the world and many periods of human history.

Private and corporate events

The Museum's Court (ground floor) can accommodate parties of up to 200 guests for drinks receptions or finger buffets. From £500 per hour exclusive of VAT.

The Museum lecture theatre can seat 70 people. The Blackwood room can seat 30 around a table or 45 lecture theatre style. Both rooms are equipped with modern audio-visual equipment.
From £100 per hour exclusive of VAT.

Hire charges include the provision of Front of House/security staff.


We have three approved caterers providing an excellent range of menus and service. All catering costs are additional to room hire.

Oxford Fine Dining: 

A & J Catering :

Lamb Catering : 


All private bookings are for outside normal opening hours.
Opening hours: 12.00 – 16.30 Monday and 10.00 - 16.30 Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays.


The entrance to the Museum for evening events is the Museum’s South Door in Robinson Close (off South Parks Road). Download map (pdf)

Disabled parking spaces may be available, please state at time of booking or contact reception: 01865 270927. There is no other parking at the Museum please see Oxfordshire County Council website for further details on travel information.

Bookings and enquiries

Please contact or 01865 613031.

Terms and conditions of venue hire (pdf)