Oxford OX1 2PH
Oxford is home to Britain’s first public museum, The Ashmolean, which houses Oxford University’s world-class collections of Art and Archaeology. The Museum has recently been refurbished and extended, and now comprises 5 floors with 30 new galleries.
Founded by the University in 1683 to house Elias Ashmole’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’, the collections include rare and extraordinary objects. The gift included objects which he had collected himself as well as those he had acquired from 'the gardeners, travellers and collectors - John Tradescant the Elder and his son, John Tradescant the Younger'.
Among the range of treasures on display is the Anglo-Saxon Alfred Jewel, the lantern carried by Guy Fawkes during the Gunpowder Plot, a death mask of Oliver Cromwell, the Stradivarius Messiah violin, a ceremonial dress owned by T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and Native American Chief Powhatan’s ceremonial cloak.
Among the archeological antiquities is the largest collection of Minoan artefacts outside of Crete, Greek pottery and large numbers of Ancient Egyptian and Sudanese finds.
The Art and Print Galleries have superb collections of drawings by Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci, watercolours and paintings by Turner, and paintings by Paolo Uccello, Pietro di Cosimo, John Constable, Claude Lorraine and Pablo Picasso.
Plan Your Visit
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Tuesday –Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10:00 to 17:00 hours.
Closed: 24-26 December.
For detailed information go to Web: Ashmolean Museum Opening Times
Ramp with handrail beside steps to forecourt. Disabled parking spaces in Beaumont Street.
Go to Web: Ashmolean Museum Accessibility
Toilets, Shop, Café and Dining Room
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1865 278 002
The Museum is in the centre of town, opposite the Randolph Hotel and approximately 10 minutes walk from the railway station.
There is excellent 'Getting There' information at the following link Web: Ashmolean Museum Getting There
Google Map - Ashmoleam Museum