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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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  • Nice museum to tick off the list and whilst it does have some great artefacts it pales in comparison to the Natural History and Pitt Rivers museum that Oxford also has to offer! 
  • I was there on Wednesday. Devoted two hours and had hoped to get audio guide, but they told me there were no any available. Had to wander through rooms without ability to listen to the stories. I wish...  more »
  • So many things to see. I was extremely fortunate to hit a showing of early Rembrant paintings. Great gift showp. Wonderful variety of exhibits, including many Stradivarius instruments. A gem!