Curiosity & Colonialism Tour

Unravel the imperial entanglements between museums, knowledge, and power

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Join us on an immersive and thought-provoking museum tour. Delving into the intricate layers of history behind the exhibits, this tour will provide insight into the imperial origins of scientific collections and disciplines, while contemplating the lasting impacts of colonialism worldwide. 

Through critical discussions, it will explore how Oxford University and its museums were shaped in by imperialism in the name of curiosity, and how knowledge and science facilitated imperial power. Through this tour, we will ask the fundamental question – is curiosity always good?

The tour will explore both the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum, lasting 1.5hrs.

All our tours are led by university researchers who have completed our official Uncomfortable Oxford training programme. Our guides combine expert knowledge and performance, ensuring each tour is a fun and educational experience.

Tour recommended for children age 12 and up.

Tour itinerary:

  1. Natural History Museum
  2. Pitt Rivers Museum

We believe in promoting equality and ensuring that all our services are fair and sensitive to the needs of all participants. Our guides undertake rigorous accessibility training and are ready to adapt content and itineraries as needed to accommodate participants of all abilities.

  • All tours are wheelchair accessible, but please note some mildly uneven pavement and crowding in the city centre, especially on weekends.
  • Service animals are welcome on all tours.
  • Caregivers and accessibility aids are welcome to attend tours for free, with no need to register.
  • The total distance walked during each tour is less than one mile. Each tour includes moments for sitting/leaning against walls, and toilets are available at certain points along the routes.
  • We do not usually use amplifying audio equipment, but can arrange to do this upon request and with advance notice. Please inform your guide if any visual or hearing accommodations are needed and they will keep this in mind throughout the tour.

Please let us know of any accessibility requirements when you book.

Read our full accessibility policy.

Tickets can be cancelled or rescheduled up to 24 hours before the start of the scheduled tour.

 Duration: 1 hour 30 mins  |  Age: 12+ |  Tickets: £18.00

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