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“The new Ashmolean Museum”

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Ranked #6 of 185 things to do in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, established in 1683, is Britain’s oldest public museum and one of the oldest museums in the world.
Reviewed 29 July 2013

As a Friend of the Ashmolean Museum and frequent visitor I cannot rate it highly enough. There is so much to see in the newly redesigned museum that it is worth choosing your galleries carefully beforehand using the website and access to the digitised collections. Well worth a visit are the special exhibitions including the Master Drawings on show now with works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Hockney and many more. Friday evenings the museum usually hosts a themed event and like the British Museum is becoming increasingly family friendly with workshops and talks for ages. Pick up a 'Whats On' monthly guide at the Friends desk on the right as you go in. There is an excellent shop, lockers to leave your small bags, a cafe and a roof top restaurant which is quite expensive and variable but with views over the city of Oxford. The museum is closed on Mondays and is free entry.

Thank Jim R
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Ashmo has recently undergone a major renovation which makes it a fantastic backdrop to a wide range of art and artefacts. There is a fantastic new atrium, a smart restaurant on the top floor and a cafe down below. The restaurant is pricey but well located, stylish and with a good outdoor area overlooking the Randolph. I have to say that we found the service very poor when it first opened but I guess there would be teething problems.
There are a good range of artefacts, beautifully curated ranging from Ancient Egypt mummies to Japanese pieces. The art galleries provide an example of most eras with a few famous pieces such as the Utrillo, the Bonnards, Pissarros and Pre Raphealites. I love the Dutch still life room, although some of the best bits are too high to see properly.
The staff used to be rather stuffy but are now very welcoming and you can arrange to attend talks on specific topics if you are around for some time.
In all an absolute must when visiting Oxford.

Thank moose065
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

The Ashmolean is a gem,well presented and a joy to visit. It often has specific attractions and a place to visit on more than one occasion. We are lucky to have such a prestigeous museum on our doorstep

Thank miricou
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

An excellent easily accessible user friendly museum. Great cafe and book/gift store at basement level, some exhibitions are charged for but otherwise 90% free, and you can make a hassle free donation. Think of any period of art/archaeoloy you are interested in and you can usually find some example - I recommend the Chinese department, wonderful.

Thank Myykke
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Since its complete makeover 3 years ago the Ashmolean is one of the best museums ever. All the displays, both the permanent ones and the special exhibitions are superbly laid out and will interest both adults and children. There is also a fascinating art gallery full of world-class pictures and drawings. There are two places to eat and lifts for those who require them. The architecture of the building itself is remarkable and it is conveniently situated for viewing many of the colleges and other historic sights of the city. The bus station is very close as are many hotels and restaurants.

Thank tappi
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