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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 Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. As Britain’s first public museum, we’re home to half a million years of human history and creativity, from ancient Egyptian Mummies to modern art, and much more.

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.

 

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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March 2020

March 31 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 8:00 am, repeating until April 19, 2020

Cai Guo-Qiang: Gunpowder Art

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is best-known for his gunpowder explosion events staged in public spaces worldwide and, in particular, for his firework display for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. This exhibition focuses on the artist’s smaller-scale works, exploring the presence of Chinese culture in his art through the mediums of painting, drawing, and gunpowder on canvas, paper and silk. Learn about the significance behind the materials Cai Guo-Qiang chooses to work with, as…

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March 31 @ 10:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until May 31, 2020

SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF WOOD ENGRAVING

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Free Exhibition open from 28 Mar 2020 Gallery 8 Free Admission Celebrating the art of wood engraving over the last 100 years, this exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA, will display the most outstanding wood engravings in the Ashmolean, complemented by loans from private collections. Marking the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers, the exhibition charts the history and global spread of this widely loved art form. Image: Edwina Ellis, 1996. Detail of Waterloo  

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April 2020

April 4 @ 10:00 am - September 20 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 20, 2020

MEDITERRANEAN THREADS: 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY GREEK EMBROIDERIES

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Free Display from 4 Apr–20 Sep 2020 Gallery 29 Free Admission Through a selection of highlights from our collection, explore the visual richness and technical sophistication of 18th- and 19th century Greek embroideries, as well as their debt to the many artistic traditions that flourished around the Mediterranean.

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April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BECOME A MEDIEVAL TOURIST: HEREFORDSHIRE PILGRIMAGES

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

Wed 15 Apr, 2–4pm Lecture Theatre With Tim Porter, Historian The city of Hereford stands a couple of hours from Oxford along one of the most scenic train rides in England. Follow the Medieval Pilgrim trail, discovering a landscape alive with holy wells, sacred shrines, ancient mysteries and miraculous saints. This is an Afternoon Tea Talk, with tea and cakes provided. Booking essential.

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April 16 @ 2:00 pm - April 17 @ 4:00 pm

HOLIDAY FUN – SPRING IS HERE!

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

FAMILY FUN Thu 16 & Fri 17 Apr, 2–4pm Learning Studio Celebrate the season with Spring-themed crafts and listen to an ancient story of Spring in the galleries. FREE, drop-in. No booking is required. Something for all ages to enjoy.  

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April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

RAPHAEL

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

Wed 22 Apr, 2–4pm Lecture Theatre With Alice Foster, Art Historian One of the great triumvirate of High Renaissance masters, Raphael is famous for his calm serenity in even the most dramatic of his paintings. This year marks the 500th anniversary of his death, and Alice Foster re-evaluates the work of this celebrated artist. This is an Afternoon Tea Talk, with tea and cakes provided. Booking essential.

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April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

REMBRANDT AND ORANGE

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

Fri 24 Apr, 6–7pm Lecture Theatre With Christiaan Vogelaar Learn about the young Rembrandt's rise to fame. A major breakthrough happened when the Prince of Orange, Frederick Henry, began to commission works from the artist, some of which are on display in the Young Rembrandt exhibition and are considered Rembrandt’s first masterpieces. This talk is part of our Young Rembrandt After Hours event. £8/£7/£6 Full, Concession, Members.

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April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

REMBRANDT AND ORANGE

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

Fri 24 Apr, 6–7pm Lecture Theatre With Christiaan Vogelaar Learn about the young Rembrandt's rise to fame. A major breakthrough happened when the Prince of Orange, Frederick Henry, began to commission works from the artist, some of which are on display in the Young Rembrandt exhibition and are considered Rembrandt’s first masterpieces. This talk is part of our Young Rembrandt After Hours event. £8/£7/£6 Full, Concession, Members.

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April 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

BECOME A MEDIEVAL TOURIST: EVESHAM ABBEY

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

Thu 30 Apr, 2–4pm Lecture Theatre With Tim Porter, Historian Just an hour by train, discover one of the great lost buildings of England, an ancient centre of pilgrimage and scholarship. Discover what unique artworks and architectural gems survive within the townscape and further afield. This is an Afternoon Tea Talk, with tea and cake provided. Booking essential.

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May 2020

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

MEDITERRANEAN THREADS: 18TH AND 19TH CENTURY GREEK EMBROIDERIES

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

Fri 1 May, 1–2pm Lecture Theatre With Dr Francesca Leoni, Curator of Islamic Art A window into the intimate world of their makers, users and collectors, 18th- and 19th-century Greek embroideries have many stories to tell. Explore some of them through a selection of highlights on display in Gallery 29. Booking essential.

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May 2 @ 10:00 am - October 4 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 4, 2020

ART IN CHINA 1949–1979

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Free display from 2 May–4 Oct 2020 Gallery 11 Free Admission Explore art produced in China during the thirty-year period that followed the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with works ranging from painting in traditional styles to the propaganda art produced in response to Mao Zedong’s political campaigns. Image: Zhang Chaoyang, 1970. Heroes Are All Around © The artist

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May 2 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

GHIRLANDAIO: A FLORENTINE MASTER

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

Sat 2 May, 11–12pm Lecture Theatre With Juliet Heslewood, Art Historian and Author Towards the end of the 15th century, Florence had become a centre of artistic achievement. Ghirlandaio, a master of both the fresco and innovative oil techniques, ran a prestigious workshop in which the young Michelangelo studied his unique style. Booking essential.

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May 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

GAMES FOR ZEUS: THE ANCIENT GREEK OLYMPICS

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

Sat 2 May, 2–3pm Lecture Theatre With David Stuttard, Classical Historian and Author Using images and eye-witness accounts, David Stuttard paints a vivid picture of the classical Greek Games – a thousand years of speed trials, brawn and horsemanship underpinned by religious ritual, lavish feasting, political chicanery and (of course) athletic nudity. Booking essential.

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May 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

THE STORY OF A NEGLECTED BOOK: HOKUSAI’S ILLUSTRATED TANG POETRY OF 1880

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
Free

Mon 4 May, 5–6pm Lecture Theatre With Dr Ellis Tinios, Visiting Researcher, Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University Learn about a deluxe book, designed by Hokusai in the 1830s but not published until 1880, that demonstrates his extraordinary powers of composition, unerring sense of line, and ability to offer fresh and exciting visualisations of Chinese texts. Booking essential. RSVP at eastern.art@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

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May 27 @ 2:00 pm - May 28 @ 4:00 pm

HALF-TERM FUN: ANCIENT EGYPTIAN AFTERLIFE

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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FAMILY FUN Wed 27 & Thu 28 May, 2–4pm Learning Studio Find out about the Ancient Egyptian afterlife, design a mummy case and make a scarab amulet to take home. FREE, drop in. No booking is required. Something for all ages to enjoy.

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May 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

YOUNG REMBRANDT AND HIS WORKS ON PAPER

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£8 – £50

Fri 29 May, 10am–5pm St Cross College Lecture Theatre This conference accompanies the Young Rembrandt exhibition and has been organised in partnership with RKD, the Netherlands Institute for Art History at The Hague. Join the exhibition curator and other Rembrandt experts (including curators from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the British Museum in London) for a full day of talks focusing on new research related to Rembrandt's prints and drawings. This study day has been made possible with the support…

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May 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

ASHMOLEAN AFTER HOURS

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
General entry is free, but tickets are needed for the exhibition and talk

We will be keeping our doors open late so you can explore the Museum after normal closing time. Take in a talk, listen to music, and relax at the bar with friends after work. Why not book a table for dinner at our Rooftop Restaurant? General entry is free, but tickets are needed for the exhibition and talk. Please note that not all galleries will be open. The Ashmolean is open late until 8pm every last Friday of the month.

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May 30 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

SCENE THROUGH WOOD: A CENTURY OF WOOD ENGRAVING

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£40 – £50

Sat 30 May, 10.30am–4pm Lecture Theatre With Anne Desmet RA, Colin Harrison, Senior Curator of European Art, and Simon Lawrence of the Fleece Press This academic conference explores the history of the Society of Wood Engravers from its beginning in 1920 and will provide background to the choice of prints shown in the Scene through Wood exhibition. Learn more about the practice and the personalities that have chosen engraving as an art form. £50/£45/£40 Full, Concessions, Members.

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