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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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  • We often visit the Ashmolean museum as it has so many interesting things to see. This time we went to see the Degas to Picasso exhibition. The exhibition has many sketches and paintings, all of which ...  more »
  • Visited this wonderful exhibition. What a privilege to see these works of art at close quarters. Staff helpful and knowledgeable - well worth a visit.  more »
  • As a local accessible museum, it is really great. Of course it's not as big as the London ones. It always has nice activities and special exhibitions. I talk about it so much my husband even makes jok...  more »