Dispelling our monochrome idea of Victorian Britain. Discover a revolution of colour.
Rediscover Victorian society as a vibrant colour-filled era – from dazzling dyes used in chic corsets, bold experiments by avant-garde painters, and the flamboyant use of nature’s beauty in jewellery.
As Britain’s industrial revolution gained pace, new scientific breakthroughs allowed the Victorians to become increasingly revolutionary in their use of colour, with new hues greeted with both excitement and suspicion.
The exhibition will include fashion pieces – from Queen Victoria’s monotone mourning dress to the most daringly vivid clothing and accessories – and works by artists including Ruskin, Rossetti and Whistler, as well as objects from around the world. Our next major exhibition explores the vital role that colour has played in shaping our art and culture.
Timed tickets are in operation. Visitors and members are strongly recommended to book tickets in advance to guarantee entry.
Full price ticket – £15.30
Concession ticket – £14.30
Child ticket (12 to 17 years) – £7.65
Discount ticket – £7.65
Under 25s / Student ticket – £7.65
Art Fund Ticket – £7.65
Children under 12 ticket – Free
University of Oxford Student ticket – Free
AshPass or Oxford Pass ticket – Free
Carer Ticket – Free
Ashmolean Staff and Reciprocal Entry ticket – Free
Members ticket – Free
Please note a booking fee of £1 is added to help support the museum and cover the costs of staffing the box office.
The Colour Revolution exhibition shop will be open every day from 10.00am to 5.00pm until 18 February 2024, when the exhibition closes.
If you have a late afternoon ticket and wish to stay in the exhibition until 5.00pm, kindly visit the shop before you enter the exhibition. The museum, including the shop, and will close at 5.00pm.
Access to the exhibition is via lift, and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Handheld labels are available.
There is also a level access route from the pavement outside the museum to the front door. You can read more about the museum’s access at Ashmolean Access Guide
Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility. Accompanying carers can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor, but they will need to book a free, timed Carer ticket.
The museum is happy facilitate group visits (including schools) to the exhibition. Kindly contact the box office on email@example.com at least 3 weeks before your preferred visit date to check availability and make the arrangements.