The Pitt Rivers Museum houses one of the finest and best documented collections of ethnographic and archaeological artefacts, photographs and archival holdings (including manuscripts and sound recordings) in the world.
Teaching remains central to the Museum's role and a number of senior staff have joint appointments within
the University’s School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, of which the Museum is a part.
In particular, Museum staff teach an innovative MSc/MPhil in Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (VMMA); students may also do DPhil research. The MSc/MPhil program emphasizes material culture, visual anthropology, art and aesthetics, sensory anthropology, ethnographic photography and film, and museum anthropology within the broad framework of social and cultural anthropology, its history, and its contemporary contexts.