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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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  • i went to the excellent exhibition on Sicily covering the shipwrecks going back to when the area was occupied by the Greeks  more »
  • It is worth booking in advance for this exhibition since not many people can get close to any one drawing at a time. Most of the 120 drawings were done by Raphael to work out the design of his large p...  more »
  • The Ashmolean is a delight to visit for its standing collections, as well as the excellent rooftop cafe with a lovely view. The current exhibition of Raphael drawings is not to be missed - timed ticke...  more »
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  • The most amazing museum that most people have never heard of. Collections, in many areas, that rival those of big and better known museums. Much of it was donated by Victorian adventurers and such. So, spoils of empire. But still, impressive as heck.
  • One of my favourite museums and a must see for any visit to Oxford. The exhibits are both interesting and beautifully laid out in many levels. I particularly love the ancient Japanese & Chinese items. They have a good little cafe downstairs and a posher restaurant on the top level.
  • Stunning museum with outstanding collections. Came here for Degas to Picasso and was fascinated by the modernist paintings. There are also exhibitions of rare musical instruments, Egyptology and English archeology, amongst others. Truly a phenomenal place of learning, and free to all.
  • Great... great... great..what a beautiful place with an beautiful and superb collection...we spent hours checking everything and we were happy..starting from the architecture at the entrance to all the displays is an extraordinary and must see to history and arts buffs... Gladly will go again and revisit this jewel of the city...
  • Beautiful museum. Lots of art pieces upstairs too. It can be quite quick to walk around and tricky to navigate but we enjoyed our visit. There are some interesting exhibits.

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