The collections held at the museum (founded in 1884) are internationally acclaimed, and somewhat unusually organized. The museum contains objects from different cultures of the world and all time periods, all grouped by type or purpose. Highlights include a striking 36-foot-high totem pole, a monkey-skull that boys from a headhunting tribe used to imitate adults, like a modern child might play with a toy kitchen, and a bottle that supposedly contains a witch who would be released if said bottle ever broke.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Audio loop, accessible trail, audio tour, large print for special exhibitions, wheelchair hire
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Sun & BH Mon 10-4.30, Mon 12-4.30. Contact museum for Xmas & Easter opening times
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About the area
Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.
The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.
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