|The central hall|
The Pitt Rivers Museum was so fabulous I forgot to take pictures. Or, rather, I unjustifiably forgot to take pictures. The museum was built onto the back of the Natural History Museum in the 1880s and has a massive collection of anthropological artifacts, grouped by theme with few explanatory cards. The creepiest case was "Treatment of Dead Enemies," featuring skulls and shrunken heads. There are also large collections of ship models, pottery, spears, jewelry, guns - just about anything you could think of. My favourite case was one called "Combination Weapons" that feature a cane that could double as a gun. There was also a strange implement that was part shield, part lance, part knife, and part gun but was probably never intended for actual use.
That same day, we ran across the street to Keble College, the most gorgeous Victorian monstrousity (right up there with St. Pancras Station in London), with connections to the Oxford Movement.
Over the vacation, we also made a return visit to the Museum of the History of Science (which originally housed the Old Ashmolean). We had to see their special exhibit "Time Machines" featuring clocks of all sorts. I love old clocks - they are just lovely.