Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology



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Founded in 1683 by Elias Ashmole to house his collections, and those of botanist John Tradescant the Younger, the Ashmolean is one of the world's most significant museums of art and archaeology. Its collections are large, rich and diverse, and range from ancient treasures to fine and decorative arts, and from numismatics (coins and paper money) to casts of classical sculpture from the great museums of Europe. Among the collections on display are Predynastic Egyptian material, Minoan and Anglo-Saxon antiquities, drawings by Raphael, and Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Islamic art. The Ashmolean is the ideal place to discover the history of human civilisation through art and artefacts, from ancient Egypt to the 21st century.

Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology
Beaumont Street,OXFORD,OX1 2PH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Entry ramp from Beaumont St - phone before visit
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Tue-Sun & BH Mon 10-5

About the area

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Located at the heart of England, Oxfordshire enjoys a rich heritage and surprisingly varied scenery. Its landscape encompasses open chalk downland and glorious beechwoods, picturesque rivers and attractive villages set in peaceful farmland. The countryside in the northwest of Oxfordshire seems isolated by comparison, more redolent of the north of England, with its broad views, undulating landscape and dry-stone walls. The sleepy backwaters of Abingdon, Wallingford, Wantage, Watlington and Witney reveal how Oxfordshire’s old towns evolved over the centuries, while Oxford’s imposing streets reflect the beauty and elegance of ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires.’ Fans of the fictional sleuth Inspector Morse will recognise many Oxford landmarks described in the books and used in the television series.

The county demonstrates how the strong influence of humans has shaped this part of England over the centuries. The Romans built villas in the pretty river valleys that thread their way through Oxfordshire, the Saxons constructed royal palaces here, and the Normans left an impressive legacy of castles and churches. The philanthropic wool merchants made their mark too, and many of their fine buildings serve as a long-lasting testimony to what they did for the good of the local community.

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