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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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TripAdvisor
  • Beautifully curated and carefully set out to take the visitor on a journey through the early impressionists right through to the 1970s works of Picasso. Although it was busy when I visited at Easter, ...  more »
  • The articles in this museum are of general interest and it is well worth a visit, there is a lot to view so make sure you are not in a hurry  more »
  • The museum is excellent and my wife, two kids and I spent several hours looking at the superb displays. I would caution care in getting to the museum as there were a number of beggars both sitting and...  more »
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  • 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.
  • For its range of artifacts, from both ancient and early modern history, there are few museums that can better the Ashmolean. Staff are always friendly and helpful, the rooms are easy to navigate and you never feel rushed. A must-see in Oxford city. Fantastic museum to spend a couple of hours looking round.
  • Lovely compact museum that's recently had lots of money spent on refurbishment. Could easily spend a morning wandering round the galleries. Only had an hour so will have to go back. Really convenient in the centre of Oxford. Highly recommended.
  • Outstanding. We went with our six year old and did the 10 Highlights in one hour challenge. It kept her happy and we saw the whole of the museum, which is great and free!!