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.
Maximum group size 15.
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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.
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Public toilets
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Smoking not allowed
- Facilities for hearing impaired
Maximum group size 15.