Ashmolean Museum

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Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the country’s oldest public museum and home to one of the most important collections of art and archaeology to be found anywhere.

The collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of humankind from the Neolithic era to the present day. Among its treasures are the world's largest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, the only great Minoan collection in Britain, the finest Anglo-Saxon collections outside the British Museum and the foremost collection of modern Chinese art in the Western world.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tues - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00-17.00
Closed: Every Mon & 24,25,26 Dec

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

Parking is available next to the Museum on St. Giles

The entire collection of the Ashmolean Museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The Ashmolean Museum was founded in 1683, the first institutional museum in Britain, and arguably in Europe. Notable among antiquities are the Egyptian collections, the Classical Greek collections including the ‘Arundel Marbles’ and the Felix Gem, and the Alfred Jewel. Paintings date from early Italian to Pre-Raphaelite and there are outstanding drawings by Raphael and Michelangelo. The arts of China, Japan, South East Asia and Islam are well represented, as are Maiolica, Renaissance bronzes and numismatics.

Collection details

World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968–2004

  • 17 January — 5 July 2015 *on now

Ed Paschke: Visionary from Chicago, 1968–2004 is the third in the Ashmolean’s series of exhibitions of post-war and contemporary art presented in collaboration with the Hall Art Foundation (USA). Curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal, a selection of paintings spanning Paschke’s artistic career from 1968 to 2004 will be on view.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/future/

From Palace to Studio: Chinese Women Artists, 1900 to the present

  • 10 March — 27 September 2015 *on now

At the beginning of the 20th century, the palace retainers of China’s Empress Dowager Cixi included a ‘ghost painter’. This accomplished female artist was tasked with producing paintings in the Empress’s name, and only rarely signed her own works.

This exhibition begins with one of her paintings and goes on to document the emergence through the 20th century of female painters as independent artists with their own incomes, ateliers and international reputations.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/details/?exh=112

Great British Drawings

  • 26 March — 31 August 2015 *on now

The collection of British drawings and watercolours in the Ashmolean is one of the largest and most important in the world. Great British Drawings shows more than one hundred works by some of the country’s greatest artists, to trace the history of drawing in Britain. Many of the drawings are shown for the first time in public.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/future/

Yoshida Hiroshi: A Japanese Artist in India

  • 9 June — 13 September 2015 *on now

In 1930, Japanese printmaker Yoshida Hiroshi (1876–1950) spent several months travelling in India and Southeast Asia.

After his return to Japan he produced a series of woodblock prints inspired by his travels. This is a display of prints from the collection of Avijit and Chobi Lahiri.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/details/?exh=116

An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, artist in the age of Jane Austen

  • 16 July — 4 October 2015

The work of Adam Buck, Regency portrait and miniature painter, provides a fascinating insight into the faces and fashions of this time. Buck’s portraits of The Royals, landowners, Serving Officers and society hostesses, dressed in white muslin, seated or standing in fashionable interiors, brings the world of Jane Austen vividly to life. Jane Austen enthusiasts know Adam Buck’s work better than most.

Suitable for

Admission

£6 Full Price with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*
£5 Concessions with Donation for Gift Aid Purposes*

£5 Standard Full Price
£4 Standard Concessions

£2.50 12-17 years & Art Fund Members

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/elegantsociety/

An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, artist in the age of Jane Austen

  • 16 July — 11 October 2015

The work of Adam Buck, Regency portrait and miniature painter, provides a fascinating insight into the faces and fashions of this time. Buck’s portraits of The Royals, landowners, Serving Officers and society hostesses, dressed in white muslin, seated or standing in fashionable interiors, brings the world of Jane Austen vividly to life. Jane Austen enthusiasts know Adam Buck’s work better than most.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/future/

Drawing in Venice: Titian to Canaletto

  • 15 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

Featuring a hundred drawings from the Uffizi, the Ashmolean, and Christ Church, Oxford, Drawing in Venice is a ground-breaking exhibition based on new research.

Venetian art has long been associated with brilliant colours and free brushwork, but drawing has been written out of its history. This exhibition highlights the significance of drawing as a concept and as a practice in the artistic life of Venice. It reveals the variety of aims, purposes and techniques in drawing from Bellini, Titian and Tintoretto to Tiepolo and Canaletto. Many of the works on loan to the exhibition have not been seen since the 1950s.

Drawing in Venice presents new research which traces continuities in Venetian drawing over three centuries, from around 1500 down to the foundation of the first academy of art in Venice in 1750.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/details/?exh=109

Drawing in Venice: Titian to Canaletto

  • 15 October 2015 — 10 January 2016

Featuring a hundred drawings from the Uffizi, the Ashmolean, and Christ Church, Oxford, Drawing in Venice is a ground-breaking exhibition based on new research.

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org/exhibitions/future/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Meet the Saxon Wolf-Warriors at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

  • 11 July 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Discover the lives of Anglo-Saxon aristocrats and warriors.
Meet Wulfheodenas, a living history society that bring to life the people of Saxon Britain.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2015

Lecture on the origins of Wessex: Anglo-Saxon Archaeology of the Upper Thames Valley

  • 11 July 2015 11am-12pm

With Professor Helena Hamerow, Professor of Early Medieval Archaeology and President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2014

Roman and Saxon weekend at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

  • 11 — 12 July 2015 10am-4pm

A weekend of events celebrating Roman and Saxon Archaeology. See individual listings for details of exciting events taking place at the Ashmolean Museum on this weekend!

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2013

Festival of Archaeology family event at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

  • 11 July 2015 1-4pm

Join us for an afternoon of archaeological adventures with activities, performances and tours. You can even handle real ancient objects!

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2011

Roman inscription tour: Roman history writ small

  • 12 July 2015 2:45-3:30pm

Look at Roman inscriptions and find out about the messages they have left.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2020

Roman inscription tour: Roman around the Randolf Gallery

  • 12 July 2015 2-2:30pm

Look at Roman inscriptions and find out about the message they have left.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2019

Coins and the history of Rome: coin study room visit

  • 12 July 2015 2-3pm

See and handle Roman coins. Explore what they can tell us with curators from the Ashmolean’s the coin collection. Free, booking essential.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2017

Private Pompeii: lecture by Dr Paul Roberts, Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum

  • 12 July 2015 11am-12pm

Everyone knows about Pompeii – the Roman city, buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79. But behind the facades of the houses, apartments, taverns, shops and public buildings was another Pompeii. This talk explore the private lives of ordinary Romans – their attitudes to ‘privacy’ itself, to love, sexuality, and sex – and we encounter some surprises. The talk includes some images, which to our eyes might seem very sexual, perhaps shocking, but which were seen very differently by the Romans.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2016

The Camel that escaped the Nazis: the story behind the object

  • 14 July 2015 2-3pm

Lecture by Dr Sally Crawford, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford. In the Ashmolean’s East meets West gallery there is a large Tang camel. The label reads ‘Baxandall loan’, but there is more to the camel than meets the eye. This is the story of the camel, from its first documented appearance in 1930s Marburg, Germany, to its current home - and why it travelled to England with its owner, the extraordinary Paul Jacobsthal.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2022

Ancient Egypt and the wider world warfare, trade and diplomacy

  • 15 July 2015 10:30am-4pm

An introduction to the international relations of the Ancient Egyptians including an overview of Egypt’s interactions with neighbouring cultures focusing particularly on the people of the Levant, Nubia, and Libya. The day will also explore trade, diplomacy, and how warfare evolved over the 3,000 years of Egyptian history.

Admission

£45/£40.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2025

Egypt gallery tour at the Ashmolean Museum

  • 16 July 2015 3-4pm

Discover the treasures of the Ashmolean's Egypt Collection during the gallery tour and talk

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2026

A monument celebration: Abingdon and its prehistoric earthworks

  • 18 July 2015 10am-3:30pm

Lecture by Richard Bradley, George Lambrick, Claire Halpin and Tim Allen.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2021

Celebrating Abingdon's Prehistory: a symposium

  • 18 July 2015 10:15am-4pm

As part of the Council for British Archaeology's 2015 Festival of Archaeology, the AAAHS is planning a one-day event in conjunction with the Ashmolean Museum on Saturday 18 July from 10.15 to 16.00.

Programme:
10.15 - 10.30 Dr. Gill Hey.INTRODUCTION.

10.30 - 11.30 George Lambrick.THE DRAYTON CURSUS AND OTHER MONUMENTS.
The Development of Prehistoric Ceremonial and Funerary Complexes in The Upper Thames Valley.

11.30 - 12.30 Dr. Frances Healy.A BRIEF LIFE:
Placing the Abingdon Causewayed Enclosure in Time.

12.30 - 14.00 LUNCH.
A visits to see artefacts from Barrow Hills and The Abingdon Causewayed Enclosure. Either in the Antiquities Study Room or Education Room.

14.00 - 15.00 Dr. Alistair Barclay.BARROW HILLS EXCAVATIONS.

15.00 - 15.55 Dr. Zena Kamash.EXCAVATIONS AT THE MUNICIPAL CEMETERY SPRING ROAD, ABINGDON.

15.55 - 16.00 Dr. Gill Hey.VOTE OF THANKS.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1983

A journey from London to Constantinople: a Victorian lantern slide performance with music

  • 19 July 2015 11am-12pm

Lecture by Dr Sally Crawford, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology, Oxford and Dr Katharina Ulmschneider, Senior Research Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford.In late Victorian England lantern slide performances were a popular entertainment, opening up the world of art, architecture, history, education and travel. In this performance, based on original late 19th century magic lantern slide lecture series, we recreate a sense of the original excitement and wonder experienced by the first audiences for projected photographic images, taking you on a trip through the past, from London to Constantinople – with live musical accompaniment!

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2023

Food for the people and the gods? Silver and pewter platters in late Roman Britain

  • 21 July 2015 2-3pm

Recent analysis of the surfaces of two large pewter platters found at Steane, Northamptonshire, in 2013 revealed traces of food. In this talk Dr Susan Walker presents the evidence from Steane and assesses the implications of this discovery for our understanding of the Mildenhall silver hoard in the British Museum and the Appleford hoard of pewter in the Ashmolean.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2024

The might of the Assyrian Empire at the Ashmolean Museum

  • 24 July 2015 3-4pm

Discover treasures of the Ancient Near East collection during this Gallery Tour and talk.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2027

What the world is losing at the Ashmolean Museum

  • 25 July 2015 10:30am-1:30pm

With Dr Paul Collins, Ashmolean Museum, Dr Robert Bewley and Dr Emma Cunliffe, School of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Middle Eastern cultural heritage is under threat as never before. These talks highlight what the world is losing in Iraq and Syria, as well as talking about Oxford University's 'Endangered Archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa' project.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2028

Family Fun: Curious Containers

  • 13 September 2104 1-2pm

From cricket cages to puzzle jugs, discover some unusal containers and make a special box to take home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.ashmolean.org

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 2PH
England

Website

www.ashmolean.org

E-mail

Education Service

education.service@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Museum shop

shop@ashmus.ox.ac.uk

Telephone

01865 278000

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