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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:

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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July 2018

Tricks of Trade: Magic and Money in Context

July 31 @ 10:00 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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Money can be ‘magical’ in more ways than one – it multiplies, it grows and it can buy happiness and bring forth plenitude. This display will explore how money and magic come together in interesting ways, showcasing coins used as magical objects, and exploring how money has worked magic over centuries.

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August 2018

Spellbound: Magic, Ritual & Witchcraft

August 31, 2018 @ 10:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£11.25 - £12.25
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This is the Ashmolean's first exhibition to examine how magical thinking has been practised over the centuries. With exquisitely engraved rings to bind a lover, enchanted animal hearts pierced with nails, mummified cats concealed in walls and many other intriguing objects, this exhibition shows that our use of magic is driven by our strongest emotions: the need to be loved, our fear of evil and the desire to protect our homes. While belief in magic and rituals can be comforting,…

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November 2018

Antinous: Boy made God

November 15, 2018 @ 8:00 am - February 24, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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Gallery 8 Antinous was a boy-favourite of the Emperor Hadrian. He drowned in the Nile in A.D. 130, and the emperor founded a city in middle Egypt in his honour called Antinoopolis or ‘Antinous City’. A striking portrait of the boy was created by a great court sculptor, and this image was widely reproduced around the empire. More than eighty busts and statues survive. This exhibition explores the spread of Antinous’ image and his empire-wide cult as a hero and…

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The Art of Contemporary Japanese Tea

November 15 @ 9:30 am - December 16 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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Gallery 36 23 Oct - 16 Dec 2018 Celebrate the art of the Japanese tea ceremony through this unique display of contemporary Japanese tea utensils that is part of the AREThé Festival 2018.

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Lui Shou-kwan Centenary Exhibition: Abstraction, Ink and Enlightenment

November 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - April 7, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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Gallery 11 27 Oct 2018 - 7 Apr 2019 Lui Shou-kwan (1919–1975) was one of the most significant artists in Hong Kong during the mid-twentieth century. The paintings in this exhibition marking the anniversary of his birth are from the Ashmolean’s own collection. Two themes in particular dominate the output of the painter Lui Shou-kwan: landscapes and spirituality. It is his Chan (Japanese: “Zen”) paintings for which he became most famous. During the 1960s and 1970s these caught the imagination…

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Plum Blossom and Green Willow: Surimono Poetry Prints

November 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - March 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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Gallery 11 2 Oct 2018 - 17 Mar 2019 Some of the finest examples of Japanese printmaking in the early nineteenth century were the exquisitely printed woodblock prints called surimono (‘printed objects’). These privately published prints combined witty poems with elegant images by leading designers. This exhibition highlights rarely shown surimono from the Ashmolean’s collections, including a number of new acquisitions, offering a rare insight into Japanese literati culture and customs of the early nineteenth century.

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December 2018

The Stigma of Extreme States

December 12 @ 1:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8
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With Annie Cattrell, Artist, and Professor Malcolm Gaskill, Associate Curator of Spellbound. Contemporary artist Annie Cattrell and historian Malcolm Gaskill discuss their fruitful collaboration in our current exhibition, Spellbound. In particular, Annie will discuss her installation Verocity and how it was inspired by the themes central to Gaskill’s research into the history of witchcraft accusations.

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The History of the Choral Evensong

December 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£10 - £12
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With Tim Porter, Historian. In college chapels and cathedrals throughout England, growing numbers respond to this winning formula of music and meditation. This lecture explores the story of the phenomenon from its beginning five centuries ago to the present day.

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Hands-on Coins

December 15 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:30am on Saturday, happening 25 times

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

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

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Meet Me at the Museum

December 19 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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One event on January 16, 2019 at 10:30am

One event on February 13, 2019 at 10:30am

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Free
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A social workshop for older people and those living with dementia. Explore the museum collection through object handling, gallery tours and talks. Refreshments available. Free, but booking is advised. To book a place, or to find out more, email beth.mcdougall@prm.ox.ac.uk

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January 2019

Antinous: a Boy Made God in the Roman Empire

January 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8
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With Professor Bert Smith, Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Exhibition Curator. Antinous was a court favourite of the emperor Hadrian who died tragically in the Nile in AD 130. Learn about his subsequent veneration as a hero and a god across the Roman empire through the remarkable busts and statues shown in the Antinous exhibition.

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Poetry in the Galleries

January 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on January 19, 2019 at 2:00pm

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Meet in Gallery 21 Oxfordshire poets share new work written in response to the Ashmolean’s collections.

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The Music of the Arts & Crafts Movement

January 25, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£10 - £12
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With Tim Porter, Historian. At the dawn of the twentieth century, disciples of William Morris had created a unique Arts & Crafts ethos in the creative world. Embracing traditional values yet forward-thinking, rural yet modern, this style also influenced the music of the time.

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Burns Night Ceilidh

January 25, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8
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Beat the January Blues and join the Swinging Molly Ceilidh Band for a brilliant night of dancing, music, and fun! An experienced caller will guide you through the steps. All dancing abilities welcome. Booking Essential.

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Wood & Ink: A Thousand-Year Legend

January 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8
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With Master Wei Lizhong, Woodblock printer from the Shizhuzhai Woodblock Printing Studio. Chinese woodblock painting has a thousand-year history and is an important part of the cultural heritage of China. Find out about the history, arts and techniques of woodblock painting of Shizhuzhai, revived by Master Wei.

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Parthenon: The First Monument to Civilization

January 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8
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With David Stuttard, Author. The Parthenon is one of the most iconic buildings of Ancient Greece. Part temple, part treasury, it was also a statement of political power, the embodiment in marble of Pericles’ vision for Athens. Drawing on contemporary literature, David Stuttard presents a challenging re-evaluation of the Parthenon’s purpose.

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February 2019

William Marshal: The Greatest Knight Who Ever Lived

February 1, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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£6 - £8

With Nigel Bryant, Translator. William Marshal, a central figure in the reigns of Henry II, Richard the Lionheart, John and Henry III, was deemed the greatest of all knights. Discover the revelatory biography written just after his death, based on stories told by Marshal himself.

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July 2019

Hands-on Coins

July 27, 2019 @ 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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