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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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  • Came here with my parents too late (3:45, and they close at 5). What we did manage to see was fantastic. Great exhibits, lots of history and education. Definitely want to return for a longer visit. 
  • Amazing collection of art & artifacts. Most periods covered, from all over. Take a day out to see it all. Good shop and cafe. Worth contacting in advance if going to see something in particular as exh...  more »
  • one of my favorite museums, always check in with King Alfred's Jewel before exploring more Enjoyed the early Rembrandts on loan, checked out the viking horde I always leave a donation in support of th...  more »