The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology and Britain’s first public museum, founded in 1683. With world famous collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day.
Among many riches the museum is home to Egytpian mummies, Guy Fawkes’ lantern, statues from ancient Greece and Rome, a Samurai suit of armour, drawings and paintings by Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Turner, Van Gogh and Picasso, and also holds the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world.
The Ashmolean also puts on special exhibitions that reflect the wide range of its collections. Recent exhibitions have included: a collection of works by Andy Warhol; the visual art of William Blake; the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb; Cezanne and the birth of modern art; Francis Bacon and Henry Moore; instruments by Stradivarius; ornamental textiles from Japan, and many more.
The museum has a shop and café in the basement as well as a rooftop restaurant.
Location Details: The Museum is on Beaumont Street, opposite the Randolph Hotel
The museum is fully accessible for those with mobility issues and guide-dogs for the visually impaired are welcome.
Tuesday – Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) between 10am–5pm
Costs: Admission is FREE
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For further information please visit: http://www.ashmolean.org