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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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October 2019

October 21
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An event every day that begins at 2:00 am, repeating until January 12, 2020

Last supper in Pompeii

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

This major exhibition will tell the story of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii's love affair with food and wine. Located in the sunny paradise of southern Italy, Pompeii was sandwiched between lush vineyards and fertile plains to one side, and the bountiful waters of the Bay of Naples to the other. When the ash from Mount Vesuvius began raining down on Pompeii in AD 79, people were engaged in typical day to day activities: producing, buying and selling food and,…

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October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am - April 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

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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November 2019

November 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Life and Art of Eric Ravilious: Part 1 – A Man of Many Parts

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

With Jan Cox and Peter Vass, Art Historians The multi-faceted talent of watercolourist and designer Eric Ravilious has only recently been recognised and appreciated. Through his partnership with his wife, Tirzah Garwood, his work gradually took on that quintessential 'Englishness' that became his trademark. This talk is part of a three-part series on Eric Ravilious. Each talk must be booked seperately.

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November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Leonardo: The Early Years

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

With Dr Alan Pascuzzi, Artist & Historian Leonardo is often thought of as a natural-born genius. A close examination of his early drawings, however, reveals that he followed a traditional Renaissance apprenticeship under his master Andrea Verrocchio. Take a closer look at Leonardo's early years as a young artist. FREE,. booking recommended. In partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

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November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Ding Cong and the Chinese Cartoon

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

With Dr Paul Bevan, Ashmolean Museum Learn about artist Ding Cong, one of a number of figures who dominated the world of manhua (cartoons) during the 1920s–1940s, the golden age of the Chinese cartoon. Linked to our free display of Ding Cong's work in Gallery 38 from 1 Oct.

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November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

The Life and Art of Eric Ravilious: Part 2 – A Man in Business

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

With Jan Cox and Peter Vass, Art Historians The distinctions between fine, decorative and commercial art merged in the 1920s, and Ravilious and some fellow artists were strongly influenced by this trend. They produced innovative and original designs that came to define a whole generation of English art and style. This talk is part of a three-part series on Eric Ravilious. Each talk must be booked seperately.

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November 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Decline: Then and Now

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

With Professor Chris Pelling, Dr Liz Sawyer and Dr Peter Claus and Out of Chaos Theatre Company 'Things aren’t what they used to be’ - but then, they never were. Or is life getting better? Might the two ideas connect, as people needed the tough challenges of the past to bring out the best in them? These ideas will be explored, from Homer to the present day. With readings from Out of Chaos Theatre Company.

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November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - March 8, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Philip Guston: Locating the Image

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

Discover the work of internationally acclaimed American artist Philip Guston (1913–80) in the first solo exhibition of his work in Oxford. The exhibition highlights the importance of working on paper for Guston’s artistic practice, and explores the inspiration he drew from historical art and literature. Gallery 8.

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November 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Pompeii: City of Venus and Bacchus

Ashmolean Museum, Beaumont Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH United Kingdom
£20 – £25

With Bettany Hughes, broadcaster and historian, and Paul Roberts, Last Supper in Pompeii curator Pompeii was officially dedicated to Venus, Goddess of Love, while Bacchus, God of Wine and Ecstasy, was also hugely popular. Join award-winning historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes and Exhibition Curator Paul Roberts as they discuss the rich and heady lives of Pompeii's inhabitants and the deities they adored. This talk coincides with the release of Bettany Hughes's new book, Venus & Aphrodite - History of a Goddess. This…

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November 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Life and Art of Eric Ravilious: Part 3 – A Man at War

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

With Jan Cox and Peter Vass, Art Historians Ravilious was serving as an official war artist with the RAF when he went missing, presumed killed, in September 1942. The work he produced in this short period secured his reputation as one of Britain's finest 20th-century artists. This talk is part of a three-part series on Eric Ravilious. Each talk must be booked seperately.

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December 2019

December 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

From Indus Civilisation to Independence

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

With Andrew Robinson, Author India has had many histories; it was the Buddha’s birthplace, a land of powerful armies on elephants to Alexander the Great, and the British ‘jewel in the crown’. Today, the world’s largest democracy holds a sixth of the global population. Consider what unites and divides the subcontinent.

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January 2020

January 23, 2020 @ 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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