"Museum of Natural History/Pitt-Rivers Museum" Museum of Natural History Tip by KennetRose

Museum of Natural History, Oxford: 10 reviews and 29 photos

  The University Museum
by KennetRose

Wandering around the oh-so-strange yet oddly familiar Oxford in search of someone to tell her all about Dust - the so-called Dark Matter hypothesised in our world to account for the missing 90+% of the mass of the universe but in her world said by the Church to be the source of Original Sin - Lyra comes upon this, "a grand building that didn't exist in her world at all, though it wouldn't have looked out of place".

This is the University Museum of Natural History, and accessed through it is the Pitt-Rivers Museum, which deals with anthropology. In the Pitt-Rivers Museum she encounters a display of trepanned skulls which, she learns through her alethiometer, are 33,000 years old and covered in Dust (as well as dust). In here too she encounters the villainous Sir Charles Latrom.

The Pitt-Rivers Museum also features in the Inspector Morse books, notably in The Daughters of Cain, in which a key development involves a sleight of hand with the display cases.

Address: Parks Road
Directions: Opposite Keble College
Website: http://www.oum.ox.ac.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 4, 2003
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