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Christmas and New Year Closures: Please note that the Museum will be closed on 24, 25 & 26 December and 31 December & 1 January.

Pre-booking is no longer required for individuals and families. However, educational and commercial groups do need to pre-book.

For group bookings, please go to our Visiting as a Group page.

Staying Safe during your Visit

The safety of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. We have introduced some changes in the Museum and we ask for your cooperation to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time in the Museum.

  • We strongly request that all visitors wear face coverings on site and our team will continue to wear face coverings. We also encourage all visitors to check in to the NHS Test & Trace app.
  • We have increased the frequency of our cleaning regimes and there are now hand sanitisation points throughout the Museum.
  • Please note that one-way routes will be in place in certain areas of the Museum.
  • Toilet facilities are available.

Opening hours

Mondays: 12.00 - 17.00

Tuesdays - Sundays (& Bank Holiday Mondays): 10.00 - 17.00

Christmas & New Year Closures: Please note that the Museum will be closed on 24, 25 & 26 December and 31 December & 1 January.

Entry to the Museum is free, but as a charity we'd really appreciate a donation to support our work. Donations can also be made when pre-booking your visit.


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The entrance to the Pitt Rivers Museum is through the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (OUMNH) on Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PW.

Once in the Museum of Natural History, walk straight past the dinosaurs and take a left at the statue of Darwin, that is where you will find the Pitt Rivers' arched door.

Access to some evening events and disabled parking is via the Pitt Rivers Museum’s South Entrance in Robinson Close, off South Parks Road.

Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Rd

Phone number
+44 (0)1865 613 000



Parking and public transport

There is pay and display parking close to the Museum on Mansfield Road, Keble Road and Blackhall Road. View parking fees and locations.

There are five Park and Ride car parks (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, and main car park for the city, is on Oxpens Road (click here for more information).

Download our map of the museum and Oxford city centre (Opens PDF)

Are you a visitor with special or additional needs, or are a carer of a visitor with additional needs? Please see our access guide.

Photography, sketching and art materials

Please note, we have portable stools that you can borrow from the information desk. Many of our visitors find these useful if they are spending a number of hours in the Museum, or are intending to sketch the collections. 

Art materials

You may bring:

  • graphite pencils
  • coloured pencils
  • fine-line pens
  • biros
  • collage materials such as tissue paper, fabric and string
  • scissors
  • water-based glue sticks
  • staplers
  • boards without clips

As the Museum is full of objects, some openly displayed, we do not allow the use of:

  • wet materials
  • charcoal
  • pastels

If you decide to do a collage in the Museum, we'd greatly appreciate it if you take all your materials with you.


You may use flash photography.

Camera tripods are not allowed without written permission of the Museum.