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The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range 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 we have the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world.

Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain. The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of mankind from the Neolithic era to the present day. Among its treasures are the world's largest group of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, the greatest Anglo-Saxon collections beyond the British Museum, and the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.

The Ashmolean is a teaching and research department of the University of Oxford. It produces research and publications of the highest standard in the academic fields of art history, history and archaeology. The Museum has always placed significant emphasis on education, not just serving as a resource for scholars but seeking to awaken a keen interest in all our visitors. With improved displays and new facilities, the new Ashmolean building will enable us to fulfill this role far more effectively than ever before.

Gift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Maximum group size 15.

Prices

Free entry

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France

Fri 10 Feb - Sun 7 May 2017

In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art.

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Hiroshige's View of Mount Fuji

Fri 17 Feb - Sun 26 Mar 2017

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) created numerous woodblock prints of Mount Fuji over the course of his career. This exhibition highlights views of Fuji from several different series.

Oxford 01865 278000

 
 
 
Liu Dan: New Landscapes and Old Masters

Fri 17 - Sun 26 Feb 2017

Liu Dan (b. 1953) is one of China's leading artists, working in radically new ways with the traditional medium of ink.

Oxford 01865 278000

 
 
 
The Legacy of Alexander the Great

Fri 17 Feb - Sun 23 Apr 2017

Before Alexander the Great coinage was a phenomenon centred mainly on the Mediterranean world, but his conquest of the Persian Empire extended coinage to the east, creating one of the first international currencies.

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Hands-On Coins

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Handle historical coins from different times and places, with the help of our volunteer team. Every Saturday.

Oxford 01865 278000

 
 

Address

Beaumont Street,
Oxford,
OX1 2PH

Museum, free entry

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SP 510069  Lat: 51.75847 Long: -1.26248

Road Nearest major road is A40. Situated in centre of Oxford.

Public Transport Nearest station is Oxford. From the station turn left, walk up Hythe Bridge Street, cross over the bridge, turn left up Worcester Street, turn right into Beaumont Street. The museum is at the end on the left.

Facilities

  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Maximum group size 15.