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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH, England
44-1865-278000
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Ranked #3 of 93 Attractions in Oxford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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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.
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Historic building of interest on its own, with all kinds of treasures, & paintings on display inside. Also has a nice gift shop, reasonable prices and a cafe.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

so much to take in and a mix of ancient and more modern. good written explanations of each exhibit in english next to them. and free. take your time to explore its worth it.

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful museum, but not one to be treated lightly. Pick your exhibitions and try to get two to three done properly, rather than haring around the whole place in 3 hours. Particular recommendation for the Alfred Gem and some of the smaller art collections. For kids it is a mixed bag as much of the subject matter... More

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Wonderful treasures in the Ashmolean's collection, well and informatively displayed throughout the building's original historic structure and in its large modern extension. This is after all Britain's oldest museum - founded in the later 17th century. However, finding one's way around is a challenge - signage is not adequate and often confusing. And the toilets? Oh dear - DREADFUL: seemingly... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Could spend a whole day here. As it turned out we just spent around an hour and a half exploring. The info next to the exhibits was actually really good (I sometimes just gloss over that stuff) and there are some amazing historic pieces in there - I particularly loved a huge tapestry upstairs called The War of the Animals,... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We didn't have much time, so restricted ourselves to the section on Ancient Egypt. However, it was absolutely fascinating, with some quite unique presentations, and I would love to go back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A superb collection of historical edifices and works of art. Popped in on the suggestion of our son, a student at Oxford. Stayed a couple of hours and still felt we had only scratched the surface. The Egyptian collection was particularly impressive. If you like the British Museum, you will love this. Not for everybody though. Our teenage daughters were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Good for a coffee. Repeated visits necessary as there is so much to see. Exhibits are well displayed. We tend to look at a gallery at a time on our visits as there is so much to absorb.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Admission to the Ashmolean Museum is free (be aware this museum is not open on Mondays though, unless Bank Holidays). The Ashmolean Museum was the world's first university museum. Its first building was built in 1678–1683 to house the cabinet of curiosities that Elias Ashmole gave to the University of Oxford in 1677. The museum reopened in 2009 after a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Fantastic array of things to see, we loved it. Well laid out. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Oxford

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