Visiting the Museum

Admission free, donations welcome. Groups must pre-bookbracelet

Opening Hours

10.00 - 16.30 Tuesday to Sunday
(and bank holiday Mondays)
12.00 - 16.30 Monday

The Museum Shop is also open at these times.

Pop-Up Cafe

From March to June there will be a pop-up cafe in the Old Library, serving locally roasted coffee, sandwiches and cakes. Open 10.00 - 16.00 every day.

 map of the museum's locationLocation

The entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum is through the Oxford University Museum Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW. The Pitt Rivers' entrance is at the far wall of the OUMNH. Visitors need to walk across the ground floor to reach it. Please note that access to some evening events is via the Museum’s South Entrance in Robinson Close, off South Parks Road.

See Map for location and entrances (pdf)


The Museum unfortunately cannot offer parking facilities. Vehicles parking in the University's Science Area without a permit are liable to be wheel-clamped. We suggest that you look for parking on side streets around the Museum. There are also five Park and Ride car parks (situated on the A40 at Headington; Redbridge, Abingdon Road, near Kennington; Pear Tree Roundabout, Woodstock Road; Water Eaton, Banbury Road, Kidlington and Seacourt at Botley). The coach park is on Oxpens Road.

Access for visitors with disabilities

statue To help make the most of your visit to the Pitt Rivers, please download the access information booklet for visitors with disabilities. 

Wheelchair access

There is a platform lift at the main entrance from the OUMNH for wheelchair and pushchair users. There is also level access into the Museum via the South door on Robinson Close (directions in location section above). A disabled parking space (close to this entrance) can be booked in advance on a first come first served basis. Tel. 01865 613000.

Other facilities include: A lift to all floors, a hearing loop (at reception, in the shop and in the lecture theatre) and adapted toilet and baby change facility.

The virtual tour shows the layout of the collection and gives a good indication of what to expect on your visit.

You might also like to watch the following film about the Museum collections: Taking the Past into the Future: A Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum. This forty five minute audiovisual introduction to the Pitt Rivers Museum, with Sir David Attenborough, is illustrated with 172 photographs of the artefacts mentioned. A large print transcript is available (PDF).

Family Facilities

babies in the museumBaby care Breastfeeding is welcome in the Museum. Baby changing facilities are available on the ground floor.

Toilets There are accessible toilets on the ground floor.

Bags and Buggies Buggies are welcome in the Museum. All floors are accessible by lift. There are no cloakroom facilities in the Museum.

Food and Drink The pop-up cafe in the Old Library is open from 10.00 - 16.00 every day. Do also feel free to picnic on the lawn outside, but please don't eat in the Museum. 

Shop The Museum shop sells a diverse selection of books and gifts, many at pocket-money prices.

Website Accessibility Statement

Details of the Museum's accessibility statement.

Contact us

If you are uncertain about any of the information above or have further questions please contact the Museum (01865 613000 or or visit this site for regular updates.