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.
Tues - Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.00-17.00
Closed: Every Mon & 24,25,26 Dec
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.
World Cultures, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
Francis Bacon Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone
- 12 September 2013 — 19 January 2014 *on now
This major exhibition will feature 20 works by each artist, carefully selected to bring out similarities and differences.
Despite working in different media, Bacon and Moore were exhibited together from end of the Second World War into the 1960s. This new exhibition aims to bring a fresh perspective to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore highlighting the important influences and experiences which they shared and exploring specific themes in their work.
£8/ £6 concession, Under 18s free.
Cezanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art From the Pearlman Collection
- 13 March — 22 June 2014
The collection formed by Henry and Rose Pearlman after the Second World War is one of the most important in North America. In 2014, it will be exhibited for the first time in Europe at the Ashmolean Museum.
The collection comprises a matchless group of paintings and watercolours by Cézanne, and paintings and sculptures by leading Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters. Among them are Van Gogh’s depiction of The Tarascon Stagecoach, and Modigliani’s celebrated portrait of Jean Cocteau.
- 24 July — 26 October 2014
Howard Carter’s excavation of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922 was one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century.
The name of Egypt’s ‘boy king’ is now synonymous with the glories of this ancient civilisation. DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN will display objects of the Amarna Period (about 1350–1330 BC) with material from the archives of Oxford’s Griffith Institute, now in its 75th year, to tell the story of the discovery of the tomb, its popular appeal, and to explore how modern Egyptologists are reinterpreting the evidence.
The Eye of the Needle: English Embroideries from the Feller Collection
- 1 August — 12 October 2014
THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE will display, for the first time in public, a selection of eye-catching, virtuoso 17th-century embroideries from the internationally renowned Feller Collection, together with outstanding examples from the Ashmolean’s own holdings.
The exhibition will explore the context in which these technically exacting works were made by girls and young women at home or school, and what they reveal of the society, economy, and culture of 17th-century England.
William Blake: Apprentice and Master
- 4 December 2014 — 1 March 2015
APPRENTICE AND MASTER examines three major aspects of the life and work of William Blake (1757–1827): his formation as an artist and apprenticeship as an engraver; his achievement as a master artist-printmaker, technical innovator, painter, and revolutionary poet; and finally his relationship to the printmakers of the Renaissance, and his influence on a younger generation of artists such as Samuel Palmer.
In one room of the exhibition, a nineteenth-century star-wheel rolling press will be installed where curator, Michael Phillips, will give demonstrations showing how Blake printed his illuminated books.
Dr. Suzanne MacLeod – Museum Architecture: a New Biography
- 14 December 2014
The Ashmolean, which opened its acclaimed new building in 2009, is delighted to welcome Dr Suzanne MacLeod, University of Leicester, to speak on the subject of her new book, Museum Architecture: a New Biography. Dr MacLeod will discuss the evolution of museum design, trends in museum building around the world, and how the changing role of museums in society effects how they are built.
Tickets cost £8 (£7 concessions)