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Ashmolean Museum

Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
01865 278000 www.ashmolean.org

The famous Ashmolean Museum is the most important museum of art and archaeology in the heart of Britain, founded in 1683. It is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology showcasing an extraordinary collection ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art. The museum is conveniently located in the heart of Oxford and captivates its visitors with a variety of services including exhibitions, high standard research material, event venues as well as exquisite dining amenities.

Collection

The Ashmolean’s collection is incredibly rich, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among its treasures are 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.

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.

Dining

The Ashmolean Museum additionally offers an exquisite Rooftop Restaurant as well as a Café. Enjoy fine European dining on the rooftop terrace, or take a break from exploring with fresh cakes and sandwiches in the cafe downstairs.

Shop

The Ashmolean Museum shop offers a selection of books, stationery as well as Souvenirs.

Shop online: https://shop.ashmolean.org/

Opening Hours:

Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10am – 5pm

Closed Mondays

Admission:

Admission is Free (admission to certain exhibitions may be charged)

 

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March 2017

Collecting the Past at Ashmolean Museum

March 21 @ 10:00 am - October 22 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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A range of Chinese paintings created by scholar-artists since the 18th century. These works represent the tradition of collecting the aesthetic taste and values of the Chinese literati who governed China for more than ten centuries.

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June 2017
Free

Hands-on Coins

June 24 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Handle historical coins from different times and places, with the help of our volunteer team.

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Free

Ashmolean After Hours

June 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Late night opening, with exhibition talk. We will be keeping our doors open late so you can explore the museum, enjoy an evening viewing of Raphael: The Drawings, or attend a talk, all after our normal closing time. A perfect opportunity to relax after work or meet friends. There will be music and bars serving food and drink. General entry to the museum is free. TALK: Raphael – The Curator’s View, with Dr Catherine Whistler, exhibition curator and Keeper of…

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July 2017
Free

Anglo-Saxons & Vikings Big Weekend

July 15 @ 10:00 am - July 16 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Come and join our big weekend of fun-filled activities, talks and crafts for all ages. Get to grips with life as an Anglo-Saxon in an object handling session, or sit back and be transported by live music, storytelling and riddles. Hear from experts in our programme of talks, including the finder of our recent acquisition, the Watlington Viking Hoard, then experience the production methods of these ancient treasures. Pick up a programme of activities on the day! The weekend is…

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Ashmolean After Hours

July 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Late night opening, with exhibition talk. We will be keeping our doors open late so you can explore the museum, enjoy an evening viewing of Raphael: The Drawings, or attend a talk, all after our normal closing time. A perfect opportunity to relax after work or meet friends. There will be music and bars serving food and drink. General entry to the museum is free. TALK: Raphael, from the Sweet Style to the Monumental with Alice Foster, Art historian and…

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Free

Holiday Adventures: Summer Holidays – Draw!

July 26 @ 2:00 am - August 31 @ 4:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Sharpen your pencils for a summer of dynamic drawing activities - from drawing games to doodling, to discovering new ways to look and draw with diverse materials. All inspired by our amazing objects. Look out for artists in the galleries with drawing tips to share! Drop in to the Education Centre on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer holidays, 2-4 pm. 26th July - 31st August.

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August 2017
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Pop-up Cinema

August 4 @ 7:00 pm - August 6 @ 11:30 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Once again, the Phoenix Picture House will take over the museum after hours for a weekend of cinema and popcorn! The screenings take place in the open, on the plaza by the main entrance. A limited supply of deckchair seating is available on a first come first served basis and we will also have standard seating available. Due to space limitations, we cannot allow any other furniture into the area. Screenings will start at 8.45pm, or as soon as it…

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Ashmolean After Hours

August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Late night opening, with workshop. We will be keeping our doors open late so you can explore the museum, enjoy an evening viewing of Raphael: The Drawings, or attend a talk, all after our normal closing time. A perfect opportunity to relax after work or meet friends. There will be music and bars serving food and drink. General entry to the museum is free. WORKSHOP: An introduction to iPad drawing with Martin Beek, Artist 6pm, Education Centre & Galleries Draw…

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