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Oxford Travel Guide

The tight space here brims with 2,000 woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, including a Swiss alpenhorn, one of the world's largest instruments.

The Pitt Rivers Museum, one of the world's top ethnographic collections, comprises a dizzying array of objects—vitrines stuffed with shrunken heads from the Amazon, Hawaiian feather cloaks, even fishing lures.

At Isis Ceramics, outside Oxford, owner Deborah Sears, a collector of 17th-century English delftware, has resuscitated the art of hand-painted tin-glaze patterns.

The Ashmolean opened in 1683 as the world’s first public museum.

Christ Church Picture Gallery nearby is a jewel box of Old Master paintings and drawings. The paintings are impressive, but it's the drawings—by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raphael—that dazzle.