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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. Before you head to Oxford, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Oxford travel itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Oxford has to offer, including Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.
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This is an ace museum. architecturally sublime an academically wonderful! Its also got a great roof top restaurant. If you are in town with Knackered kids have a go 'cos there is something for everyon... read more »
One can easily spend several hours at this fascinating museum. There are many interesting exhibits. Highly recommended.
Right on my doorstep and yet I visit too infrequently. Displays are changed regularly, topical exhibitions, lovely cafe and intriguing shop. With the university connections I have also used the museum... read more »
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