Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford

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The world's first university museum, the ornate, columned, and charming Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology sits on the campus of Oxford University and contains a collection of artifacts, objects, and documents related to a broad spectrum of history. Dating back to the mid-19th century, the building itself serves as a historical exhibit and features Greek Ionic architecture. The prime interest, though, lies in the facility’s various collections, which preserve pieces of Greco-Roman pottery, drawings by Da Vinci and Michelangelo, Stradivarius violins, Egyptian artifacts and many other such curiosities. Make sure you see the Alfred Jewel, a ninth-centry relic from the reign of Alfred the Great featuring a construction of enamel and quartz enveloped in gold. If you're traveling with children, check the museums program of activities for youngsters before you visit. Add Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and other attractions to your Oxford trip itinerary using our Oxford travel route builder site .
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  • This museum is a real gem and full of wonderful treasures, beautifully displayed. It covers most periods. The Egyptian collection is noteworthy as is that if China and Saxon Britain (see the Alfred Je...  more »
  • Since the museum was renovated it is great to visit. There is a wide range range of artefacts from many civilisations. All of them are well displayed & labelled. They regularly have very good special ...  more »
  • A fantastic museum that you could visit over and over again. We visited the Raphael exhibit and then spend some time in the permanent collections. Would love to go back.  more »

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