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.

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

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 *on now

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 *on now

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.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Ashmolean Museum

  • 12 September 2015

HIGHLIGHTS TOUR: 11am Discover our treasures (meet Gallery 21).

CAST GALLERY TOUR: 2-2.45pm Rare chance to visit the cast gallery to learn about the great statues and friezes of Ancient Greece and Rome through the collection (meet Gallery 21. Stairs).

HANDS ON COINS: 11.30am-3.30pm Handle historic coins from different times and places (Gallery 7 Just drop-in).

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE WITH SINGING TRIO VOICE: 2-2.30pm Shakespearean songs, traditional British music & medieval melodies (Ashmolean Atrium).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/ashmolean-museum

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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