Special Events

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

25 February, 11 March

An after-hours exclusive guided tour of the Museum, where you will be taken around by one of our expert guides (max per group 15 people) and then browse the Museum at your leisure away from the busy daily crowds.

Explore remarkable collections of hand-made objects from every continent and throughout human history. Discover masks, magic charms and amulets, jewellery, boats, baskets and body decoration, toys, tools, weapons, musical instruments and so much more.

Price £10 - Limited tickets (all children under 16 to be accompanied by an adult) | Book Now

sensing culture

Sensing Culture: A Tour for Blind & Partially Sighted Visitors

25 February & 26 May, 11.00-12.00 (FREE)

A hands-on tour of the Museum designed to highlight different aspects of the Museum’s collections, specially created for visitors with impaired sight. Part of our Heritage Lottery funded ‘Sensing Culture’ partner project with the RNIBHLF logoRNIB logo

Booking essential, email outreach@museums.ox.ac.uk

Life drawing

Life Drawing After Hours: Tutored Drawing Sessions in the Galleries

2, 9, 16 & 23 March, 18.00-20.00
(£5 per session)


Learn about objects representing the body from various cultures and improve your technical drawing skills. A unique opportunity to learn from the collections and to develop your drawing practice in an inspiring space. Beginners welcome

KK day

MAGIC - Its Role in Human Society

Saturday 12 March 10.00 - 16.30

The Ancient Iranian priests of the Zoroastrian faith, the Magi or three Wise Men, have given us the word Magic. So what connection can we see between religion and the dazzling sleights of hand and psychological illusions that we associate with Magic today? What common functions have oracles, shamans, spirits and sacrifice played in the great diversity of human cultures?

Speakers: Dr. Karl Bell, Dr. Xa Sturgis, Prof. Christina Toren, Prof. Piers Vitebsky

Further Information flyer and postal booking form (pdf)Friends logo

Friends and Students £20/ non-Friends £30 | Book Online

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Common objects

Common Objects: Sonorous Matter

22 March, 19.00 start (£10)

An intimate evening of experimental music in the galleries. Composers Pat Thomas and John Butcher will be joined by leading sound artists and musicians to debut new scores inspired by selected objects from the Museum’s collections. The performance will be preceded by a talk by acclaimed musician and author, David Toop. In association with Sound and Music and Arts Council England | Book Now

Folk weekend

Folk Weekend Oxford

16 – 17 April, 10.00-16.30 (FREE)

As part of Folk Weekend Oxford, the Museum will play host to a variety of folk artists from Oxfordshire and beyond. Expect family friendly interactive activities and dance displays from acclaimed Morris sides. All activities are free with all ages welcome. folk weekend logo


May Late

May Late: Pitt Rivers After-Hours

13 May, 19.00-22.00 (Ticketed)

Enter the Museum after-hours and see the collections in a new light. Programming info to come but expect soundscapes and interactive opportunities. A joint event with the Museum of Natural History, part of the international Museum’s at Night celebrations. For a flavour of our last Museum’s at Night event, watch our short Day of the Dead filmMuseums at night logo.

Tickets on sale from March 2015
Pitt fest

Pitt Fest

3 September, 11.00-18.00 (FREE)

This year our annual day-festival will explore all things archaeological, offering hands-on activities, family fun, expert demonstrations and workshops.

See what happened at 2015’s Pitt Fest: Handmade!