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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.


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.


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.


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 is Free (admission to certain exhibitions may be charged)




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January 2020

January 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Pastorale Tradition in Music

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£10 – £12

With Tim Porter, Historian Arcadian landscapes, blue distances, the haunting sounds of a shepherd's pipe. This is one of the most enduring artistic formulae, and composers can match the work of painters and poets all the way from the Renaissance to the Romantics and beyond. Learn how the pastorale tradition renews itself over time.

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January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Nianhua: The Chinese New Year Print

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£6 – £8

With Dr Paul Bevan, Ashmolean Museum To celebrate Chinese New Year, this talk will explore the history of the decorative nianhua or New Year picture. Events from China’s past as depicted in the prints will be explained, exciting tales of myth and legend unraveled, and symbolic, hidden meanings revealed. Followed by a viewing of examples from the Museum’s own collection.

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January 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Doctor Zhivago and the Two Pasternaks

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£6 – £8

With Nicolas Pasternak and Maya Slater A new translation of Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak has just been published containing numerous illustrations by his father, Leonid Pasternak. The book and the art are presented and discussed by Boris' nephew, Nicolas Pasternak, and picture editor Maya Slater.

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