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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

Andy Warhol Exhibition

Thu 4 Feb - Sun 15 May 2016

This spring exhibition presents, for the first time in public, an important private collection of works by Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

Oxford 01865 278 000

 
 
 
Elizabeth Price

Fri 18 Mar - Sun 15 May 2016

Winner of the 2012 Turner Prize and one of the most innovative and exciting British artists working today, Elizabeth Price displays her Contemporary Art Society Award winning work, A RESTORATION.

Oxford 01865 278000

 
 
 
Porcelain figure

Tue 1 Mar - Sun 2 Oct 2016

During China’s war with Japan in the 1940s, many artists took refuge in Sichuan province, this display shows rare examples of their work alongside other images of popular deities.

Oxford 01865 278000

 
 
 
Asakusa Kannon Temple

Fri 5 Feb - Sun 5 Jun 2016

The Scenes of Last Tokyo series, a collaboration between nine of the leading Japanese print artists of the time, was published in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II.

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.