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Ashmolean Museum

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Ashmolean Museum

35 Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2PH United Kingdom

01865 278000

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About The Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. The world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.

The Ashmolean’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 500,000 BC to the present day. Among many riches, it has 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 Museum opened its doors in 1683 as Britain’s first public museum and the world’s first university museum. Elias Ashmole founded the Museum and gave it as a gift to the University ‘because the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health’.

The museum is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Admission to the museum is free.

The Ashmolean is Oxford University’s museum of art and archaeology and is one of the four University museums (along with the Museum of the History of Science, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Together with the Bodleian Libraries and Botanic Gardens and Harcourt Arboretum, they form the Oxford University's Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) group.

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Events at Ashmolean Museum

January 2021

TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean

1 January 2021 - 30 June 2021
Ashmolean Museum, 35 Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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TOKYO: Art & Photography Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

A major exhibition exploring Japan’s capital city through the varied and vibrant arts it has generated over 400 years. Dates to be confirmed.

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March 2021

Ashmolean After Hours

26 March 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00 pm on day Last of the month, repeating indefinitely

Ashmolean Museum, 35 Beaumont Street
Oxford, OX1 2PH United Kingdom
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Ashmolean After Hours, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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.

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