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What’s on at the Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum offers a wide range of events: from daily talks and tours to special workshops, late gallery openings and music as well as family fun and hands-on gallery activities.


  • Vision of a Moment: Japanese Prints from 1950 to 1960

    Vision of a Moment: Japanese Prints from 1950 to 1960

    This exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the Japanese government presenting the Ashmolean with a set of forty works by Japan’s leading contemporary print artists.

  • Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde

    Russia! Icons & The Avantgarde

    This major exhibition will explore the relationship between traditional Russian icon paintings and the art of the avant-garde movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Ali Kazim: Suspended in Time at the Ashmolean

    Ali Kazim: Suspended in Time at the Ashmolean

    This exhibition is informed by the time Ali Kazim, one of the most exciting artists working in Pakistan today, spent in the Ashmolean.

  • Pissarro – Father of Impressionism

    Pissarro – Father of Impressionism

    This major exhibition of works drawn from the Ashmolean’s collections as well as international loans will span Pissarro’s entire career.

  • In Praise of Hands: Woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara

    In Praise of Hands: Woodcuts by Naoko Matsubara

    This exhibition explores the work of distinguished printmaker Naoko Matsubara (b. 1937), who donated 100 works to the Ashmolean in 2019. The human hand is a theme that Naoko has explored since the birth of her son in 1973.

  • Dante: The Invention of Celebrity

    Dante: The Invention of Celebrity

    On the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, this exhibition explores Dante’s influence on art and culture from his own time right up to the present. It includes works by Botticelli, William Blake, Salvador Dali and Tom Phillips RA, and new work by the world’s first AI artist, Ai-Da.

  • Wu Guanzhong exhibition at Ashmolean Museum

    Wu Guanzhong exhibition at Ashmolean Museum

    This exhibition comprises works lent by the Hong Kong Museum of Art, selected from a recent donation of 450 paintings and sketches from the artist’s family, and represents every decade of Wu Guanzhong’s career from the 1950s onwards in oils, ink, pencil and other media.

  • Hans Coper 100 at the Ashmolean Museum

    Hans Coper 100 at the Ashmolean Museum

    To mark the 100th anniversary of internationally renowned ceramic artist Hans Coper’s birth, the Ashmolean is devoting a display to an exhibition of Coper’s ceramics made across his career. The exhibition includes ceramics from the museum’s own collection together with more than 30 loans from private collections.

  • Owning the Past: from Mesopotamia to Iraq

    Owning the Past: from Mesopotamia to Iraq

    Owning the Past is inspired by the devastating events in Iraq and the Middle East from 2014–17 when ISIS/Daesh attempted to eradicate the region’s borders, destroying heritage and the lives of many of its peoples.

  • The Pre-Raphaelites – Drawings & Watercolours Exhibition

    The Pre-Raphaelites – Drawings & Watercolours Exhibition

    Explore the enormous range of techniques and media used by the artists that made up this movement – as well as the intimate and often complex friendships and love affairs between them.

  • TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

    TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

    TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition is a major exhibition at the Ashmolean. It explores Japan’s capital city through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years, from its beginnings as the headquarters of the Tokugawa shoguns in the early 1600s to the sprawling modern metropolis and dynamic centre of art, photography and…

  • Ashmolean After Hours

    Ashmolean After Hours

    Explore the museum after normal closing time. Take in a talk, listen to music, relax at the bar with friends after work, or book a table at the Rooftop Restaurant.