Special Events

After hours tour

After Hours Guided Tours

Friday 1 & 22 May 17.30 - 19.00

Come and join us for 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)

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Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North – A Live Soundtrack

Saturday 9 May, 19.30 start

North Wall Arts Centre, Summertown (map)

Pitt Rivers AfterHours, OCM and Dead Rat Orchestra Present: Nanook of the North – A Live Soundtrack. Dead Rat Orchestra perform live at the North Wall, presenting their own soundtrack to the classic, controversial and possibly first ever, feature length documentary, Nanook of the North. With expert introduction and post film Q&A.

For more information and to purchase tickets see our AfterHours page.
traditional carft

CRAFT: A Celebration of Traditional Craft Techniques

Tuesday 12 May, 11.30-15.00

To coincide with the O3 Gallery’s CRAFT: Counterpoints in Contemporary Making exhibition, join us for a day of free activities related to traditional crafts: handle craft objects from around the world; watch a screening of rare archival footage, exploring crafts from India and Nigeria; and join a curator-led tour. No need to book but come along early to join the tour as space is limited.

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Tortie Hare

Crafty Networking

Thursday 14 May, 18.00-20.00

Join us for a tour of the new leatherwork displays and hear leatherworker Tortie Hoare discuss her craft, inspirations and the development of her business. Tortie works in leather, wood and fabric, creating beautiful stripped back designs. She has taken inspiration from the Pitt Rivers collections and uses historical techniques that you’ll see mirrored in many of the objects on display.

Part of the crafty networking initiatve series

late night


Friday 15 May, 19.00-22.00 (£5)

Come and discover the Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History with more than just your eyes! Taste, feel, smell and hear your way through the galleries with ‘feelie boxes’, ‘smell stations’, a taste challenge and of course, a cash bar. There will be live music and a torch-light trail too. £5 per ticket, concessionary group rate available.

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The Body and Beyond: constructing and transcending the human form

3, 10, 17 & 24 June, 17.30-20.00

Over the course of four interactive evening workshops you’ll deconstruct and challenge ‘Western’ conventions to define, represent and think about the ‘body’ while exploring cross-cultural ways of ‘making’ the body and constructing its meaning.

Uniquely, objects will be taken off display for students to draw, and some sessions will include life drawing in the galleries.

£36 (£28 students) for all four sessions. Fee includes materials and refreshments. Participants must be aged 18+.

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Last Mughal

William Dalrymple

author of The Last Mughal

In performance with Vidya Shah, musician

Friday 5 June, 18.15

Oxford University Museum Lecture Theatre Parks Road, Oxford

Enter a lost world of music and poetry as more than 300 years of Mughal rule approached its end at the hands of the British in 1857. William Dalrymple, award-winning historian and author of The Last Mughal, in performance with the celebrated North Indian vocalist Vidya Shah, take us back to a bygone era of matchless splendour, bringing to life a world of emperors, poets, courtesans, politics, bayonets, intrigue and love, through word and music.

And afterwards – food and drinks in the Pitt Rivers Museum until 21.00logo

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Tickets: £16