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Ashmolean Museum

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Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
01865 278000 https://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:

Monday – Sunday (including Bank Holiday Mondays): 10am – 5pm

Admission:

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

 

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February 2019

Leonardo da Vinci and National Identity on Medals and Money

February 27 @ 10:00 am - July 27 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
Free Display - Leonardo da Vinci and National Identity WB

2019 marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death and the 350th anniversary of the first commemorative medal in his honour, struck in Louis XIV’s mint. This display examines interpretations of Leonardo as a representative of national identity on medals and money from 1669 to the present.

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March 2019

Dimensions: The Mathematics of Symmetry and Space

March 16 @ 10:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free

Developed in collaboration with Oxford’s world-renowned Mathematical Institute, this exhibition invites visitors to explore what it means to move in one, two, three and more dimensions.  Using stunning Islamic ceramics, prehistoric carvings and renaissance prints alongside virtual reality technology, embark on a journey of discovery from ancient cultures into cutting-edge science.

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The Naked Form in Modern Chinese Art

March 30 @ 10:00 am - September 15 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free

While the nude was not a traditional subject in Chinese art, it became a common theme in the early to mid-twentieth century after being introduced to China by artists who studied internationally. Explore a selection of images of the naked human form as they appear in Chinese art from the 1930s to the present day.

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April 2019

Lifelines: The Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

April 19 @ 10:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free Display - Lifelines - Woodcuts of Naoko Matsubara

Over 40 dynamic woodcuts selected to showcase the remarkable career of Naoko Matsubara, a distinguished Japanese artist based in Canada. Created over fifty years, these joyful works range from black and white to vibrant colour, intimate to monumental, playful to contemplative.

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May 2019

Two Cotswold Pilgrimages

May 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£10 - £12

With Tim Porter, Historian. The Blood of Hailes and The Bones of Kenelm were two shrines set close together, attracting thousands of medieval pilgrims to Cotswold Edge. What was it about, and what is there still to see?

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Propaganda Art of China’s Cultural Revolution: Design, Image and Text

May 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free

With Dr Paul Bevan, Christensen Fellow in Chinese Painting, Ashmolean Museum Learn about Chinese artists and designers, and the posters and visual media they produced, which served the propaganda machine of Mao’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966–76). Followed by a viewing in the Eastern Art Study Room.

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De-coding da Vinci

May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£10 - £12

With Alice Foster, Art Historian In his eminent work known as The Lives, Italian writer Giorgio Vasari put Leonardo at the forefront of what he called the modern manner and praised him for his perfect design. Explore some well-known and some less well-known works by Leonardo to reveal his importance in High Renaissance art.

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Archaeological Plaster Casts: A Window into the Ancient World

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8

With Abbey Ellis, PhD Researcher at the Ashmolean Museum & University of Leicester As replicas of ancient Greek and Roman sculptural masterpieces made in the eighteenth century, archaeological plaster casts have both ancient and modern histories. But what is a plaster cast? How do you make one? And why should we care about them?

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July 2019

Hands-on Coins

July 27 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

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

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