Summer holiday days out: A rainy day at the Pitt Rivers, Oxford

Pitt Rivers

Rainy weekends here usually mean a trip to one of the local libraries or museums. As I’m sure any parent of young children will agree, indoors all day is never the best idea! We are very lucky to have a few really good museums and galleries nearby in Oxford. The Pitt Rivers museum, and the Museum of Natural History are together in a beautiful old building in central Oxford, and are a favourite with Mia and Joe. He loves the dinosaur skeletons, and makes loud roaring noises whilst we wander around the museum! Mia’s favourites are the jewellery and costumes in the Pitt Rivers, and she also has a very strange fascination with the display cabinet of shrunken heads. I used to visit the museum as a child, and also loved it there, but was absolutely terrified of the totem poles!

Dino Teeth Joe dinosaur teeth

This resulted in tears…even for a dedicated dinosaur fan, this was far too close!

Clipboard detective Ammonite

I love this large ammonite on display, it is impossible to walk past and not touch it.

Tricerotops shell display dna

I attempted to explain DNA to Mia and think I managed to sound semi-knowledgeable…my scientific expertise will not stand up to her questioning for much longer though I suspect! Joe thought that the model was Legos and wanted to play, hooray for two-year-olds.

Pitt Rivers interior Gift shop treasureNo trip to the museum is complete without a visit to the gift shop on the way home. A bag of plastic dinosaur treasures.



victoria and albert

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A visit to London on a cold grey weekend, which turned out to be great fun. Cirque de Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, a new favourite cafe, and an early morning visit to my favourite, the V&A Museum.