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Ashmolean Museum

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

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.

 

Ashmolean from home

While at home due to the current lockdown restrictions you can still enjoy the museum online at ashmolean.org/ashmoleanfromhome which is a collection of podcasts, fun activities for the all family, online events and exhibitions.

 

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: shop.ashmolean.org

Opening Hours:

Normal opening hours:

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

Please check the Museum’s website for updated opening hours.

Admission:

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

 

Events

November 2021

November 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - March 23, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

IN PRAISE OF HANDS

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

Gallery 29 Over many decades, artist Naoko Matsubara (b. 1937) has been working on a series of woodcuts exploring the human hand — engaged in sport, dance, music, prayer or a variety of creative acts. This exhibition celebrates an artistic collaboration between Naoko Matsubara and prize-winning poet Penny Boxall, who has responded to the woodcuts...

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November 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 31, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

Tokyo: Art & Photography

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

This exhibition is a celebration of one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and thrilling cities. Explore Japan’s capital city through the vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years. It features a wide variety of artworks created in a metropolis that has constantly reinvented itself. Highlights include historic folding screens and iconic woodblock prints, video works,...

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November 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - March 6, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

CULTURED CANINES

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

Open until 6 Mar 2022 Gallery 16 Admission is FREE, but a free Museum ticket is required Cultured Canines is a collaborative project between artist Allison Ksiazkiewicz and Attic Black | Thetis Authentics that explores the history and mythologies of different dog breeds. The ceramic works displayed combine new designs with ancient decorative and manufacturing...

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November 10, 2021 @ 10:00 am - January 1, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

SAMURAI GOLD: MONEY IN JAPAN IN THE TOKUGAWA PERIOD

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

Open until 1 Jan 2022 Gallery 7 Admission is FREE, but a free Museum ticket is required Japan relied heavily on imported Chinese money before the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu launched a national Japanese currency in 1601. The Tokugawa coinage lasted for two centuries until the Meiji restoration. This free display, of a selection of Japanese money,...

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November 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - November 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM GALLERY TOURS

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

Wednesdays 2–3pm, Fridays 1–2pm, Saturdays 11–12pm FREE Discover more about the treasures of the Ashmolean with one of our free tours. Join us for a different themed tour on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. No need to book, but a Museum ticket is required. Please ask a Member of staff on the day for tour details.

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December 2021

December 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

TOKYO x CONTEMPORARY ART: 3 VIEWS OF THE CITY

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

With artists Mohri Yuko, Takano Ryudai, and Yamaguchi Akira In this special online talk event, acclaimed Japanese artists Mohri Yuko, Takano Ryudai and Yamaguchi Akira will introduce their work and talk about Tokyo. Despite using different artistic media, ranging from woodblock printing to photography and installation, their art has similarly been inspired by the metropolis. How is Tokyo shown in their works? How has living in Tokyo impacted their practise? What does Tokyo mean to them? The artists are joined…

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December 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

THE PRINCIPLES OF DRAWING – THE STRUCTURE AND PROPORTION OF THE HUMAN BODY

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

Thu 9 Dec, 10am–1pm Online With Weimin He, Artist-in-residence, Green Templeton College This workshop suits intermediate to advanced level participants. Laocoon and his sons has been regarded as one of the most well-known sculptures of ancient time. The Cast Gallery at The Ashmolean Museum has a duplicate of this exact statue. You will learn how to study the structure and proportion of the human body through drawing parts of this famous statue. The tutor will show how to simplify the complicated…

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February 2022

February 5, 2022 @ 10:30 am - April 9, 2022 @ 4:30 pm

ONLINE HISTORICAL EMBROIDERY – OPUS ANGLICANUM

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

THE DRAGON QUEEN ONLINE SHORT COURSE Sat 5 Feb, 5 Mar, & 9 Apr 10.30am–4pm Online With Tanya Bentham, Historical Embroidery Specialist and Author Opus Anglicanum was the fine art of the Middle Ages. In this series of 3 online workshops, Tanya Bentham, Author of 'Opus Anglicanum, a Practical Guide', will teach the authentic techniques of underside couching and split stitch to recreate the Dragon Queen, an adaptation of a 13th-century image of St Margaret. The workshop is suitable for all…

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