Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Photo of the interior of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a museum of the University of Oxford. Founded in 1683 it is one of the oldest public museums in the world and an example of the fine architecture one can see in this University city. Exhibitions change from season to season but you can be sure of learning something new with each visit.


Built in early Victorian classical style the Ashmolean was a little old fashioned but has recently undergone a 61 GBP million overhaul overseen by the American architect Rick Mather. While the original magnificent facade and portico remain intact the inside of the building has been completely gutted. Inside an entire new museum has been created with 39 galleries and about 100,000 square feet has been built. The museums five departments are spread over six floors with an impressive central atrium. On the top floor the Ashmolean hosts an impressive cafe with a terrace over looking Oxford. Entry is completely free and it is now one of Oxford's premier attractions, well worth a visit even if it is only the architecture that interests you.


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Accommodation Near The Ashmolean

The closest hotel to the Ashmolean is the luxurious Randolph hotel and is directly opposite the museum and makes an excellent base to explore the museum and Oxford. To check the latest prices and availability click the link below:




Opening Times
The Ashmolean Museum
Open: Tues - Sunday 10am - 6pm, Bank Holiday Monday 10am – 6pm

Ashmolean Shop
Open: Mon 10am – 5pm, Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm

Ashmolean Café
Open: Tues – Sun 10am – 6pm

Ashmolean Dining Room
Open: Tues – Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun 10am – 6pm

Closes for the St Giles Fair: 2 to 4 September

Admission Free

Contact Details
Tel: (01865) 278000 Fax: (01865) 278018

Address
Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Website
The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


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