Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford

4.7
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. Add Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and other attractions to your Oxford trip itinerary using our Oxford travel route builder site.
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  • I loved my flying visit to the museum... a must visit if you're in Oxford! Very well presented - interesting exhibits.  more »
  • Most of the exhibitions are well presented and it's free! Whenever we pay for a tour, these are well organized and worth every penny. We have visited many times with our children, when small and now.....  more »
  • We love the Ashmolean! It’s free (although a donation is very welcome). Great for visiting for every school project for the kids. The mummy collection is superb. Also great gifts how and cafe  more »
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  • Truly amazing museum and art gallery. Disabled access throughout. Disabled access toilets too. Well worth a visit. Hard to go into how much stuff this place has in a review. The Pompeii exhibition is worth every penny and the rest of the gallery and museum is free. Stunning.
  • This place is massive and...free! On par with the British Museum. I enjoyed the ancient civilization part and the Silk Road section. That's really all I had the energy to see. You can go back every day for a week and still see something new. Highly recommend it.
  • Wow. Just wow. You could walk around here for hours. The sheer amount of stuff they have is impressive on its own. A lot of ancient statues are copies, but that doesn't devalue the learning and general experience you get. They almost have any time period you can imagine.
  • Excellent museum in the centre of Oxford about 10 mins walk from the station. The main collection is free to view and is extensive and eclectic. The museum also hosts special exhibitions on the 3rd floor of the museum. There is a charge to enter these. From mid 2019 until the beginning of 2020 the special expedition is on Pompeii (with the focus on eating and drinking) and the Romans in Britain. The photos are a mixture of this special exhibition and the main collection.
  • A little gem in Oxford. Entry is free but they ask for a donation. It's nice and quiet inside so you will enjoy it. The artefacts are limited in most sections but still helpful to peak back at the human history and civilization. Has a cafe which offers good coffee.

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