Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time. The Museum is open every day, 10am–5pm. Admission is free.
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251
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Holidaygirl78
Crawley, UK28 contributions
Family
We don’t normally spend long in museums but we’re fascinated with the Ashmolean Adventure and would strongly recommend this to get the most out of your visit. The activities were informative and varied and kept our 8 and 11 years olds hooked, as well as offering a really interesting perspective on the artefacts for the adults. We spent just over 2 hours on the Adventure, which we though my was superb value for money (£14 - book able online).
Written April 13, 2022
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w0tcha
Ampthill, UK576 contributions
Conveniently located near the city centre and with a stop on the bus tour route outside, this great museum is easily accessible and with free admission.

There are too many galleries to see in one visit, so you need to choose what you want to focus on - I would recommend the Roman, Egyptian and musical instruments - but really it is a matter of personal interest.

One criticism was that the signage could be improved.

There is a decent cafe downstairs if you want lunch/snack during your visit.
Written January 25, 2022
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK1,272 contributions
We only had time to visit on museum on our recent day trip to Oxford. We chose this one and we’re glad that we did. The museum is very central and housed it a beautiful building. Although it was free to enter we did have to reserve a timed entry slot in advance.

We spent about an hour and a half in the museum and saw everything that we wanted to. The museum staff were very helpful in guiding us to specific items and paintings that we wanted to see. We had a coffee in the basement cafe which is lovely and has a vaulted ceiling.

We enjoyed our visit very much and saw some amazing things. Good one way system in operation.

Highly recommended.
Written December 18, 2020
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Stephen N
Lauria, Italy120 contributions
Not sure why the front ticket desk seem to treat people so badly on our visit yesterday.
The people in front of us were told quite firmly they should have booked online for Pissarro.
We were then told at 10.00 am that tickets were only available from 12 but when we came to pay she said they only had slots from 12.45? Bizarrely we were the only people in the queue.
Is Pissarro that popular?
I was also quizzed on my role at another major uk art museum as I asked for discounts after showing my staff badge
All in all a very unfriendly experience they might need to provide a nicer interface with the public
Written March 30, 2022
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Oatmealbear
Cirencester, UK38 contributions
Friends
Whilst there is no doubting the quality and quantity of the collection, and it’s superb that access is still free of charge, I couldn’t help but feel a touch disappointed as I left the Ashmolean.

Having never visited before, I was very much looking forward to it. The museum is vast and there is no shortage of fascinating artefacts on display. So why did I leave feeling a little underwhelmed?

Firstly, almost no thought has been put into telling the stories of the collection or into making use of multimedia displays to engage visitors. Absent too is any kind of interaction with exhibits. For one of the most prestigious collections in the world, this was surprising. Children snd teens will find it pretty boring without somebody there to interpret the collection with them. This is such a shame.

Secondly, the collection seems muddled and poorly signed. Given the multitude of items on display, it seems a sensible and simple idea for the museum to publish suggested ‘guides’ based perhaps around ‘themes’ or the time available to the particular visitor. To leave it open and unguided leads to the visitor potentially feeling overwhelmed and risks them leaving without making the most of their time.

Finally, the staff are ‘sniffy’. We appeared to be followed for a time, which was odd, and the particular staff member so obsessed with my progress around the building delighted in reminding me to wear my mask fully over my nose during the ten second period I had apparently let it slip… whilst sitting absolutely alone in a large gallery looking at Renaissance art. I have nothing against being reminded, but the tone was less than welcoming and I certainly did not feel valued as a visitor.

In summary then; an incredible collection, but one which could be so much more interactive, and a place clearly resting simply on its laurels in terms of visitor experience. If pushed for time during your trip to Oxford, I would far sooner recommend the Natural History museum and Pitt-Rivers collection - and definitely these two for children. Indeed I would caution taking children to the Ashmolean for fear of putting them off the idea of visiting museums at all.
Written January 26, 2022
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ClaireandTerry
London, UK126 contributions
Family
Two adults and one teenager visiting the Tokyo exhibition. The teenager loves Japanese culture and it doing Art GCSE. The exhibition was fabulous, and really engaged her.

The rest of the museum has changed much since I last visited properly. There is a "new" (opened 2009) extension which I didn't like, aesthetically, but follows the 21st century trend of white, plain, cornflakes box with windows. I was disappointed that the drawings by old Masters were not on display. They are a lovely memory of a visit decades ago. My daughter was also disappointed.

There is so much to see that you do get burnout. One visit us not enough. We enjoyed the art galleries but as we descended from the exhibition we got a bit overloaded. So hopefully we'll come back another day with fresh eyes.

Only MAJOR grumble was the lifts. I have ankle ligament damage and my husband is currently wearing a knee caliper for a miniscus tear...and the queues for the lift were unacceptable. The reason being lazy able people (including staff) were using it to get to the 3rd floor for the exhibition. I don't know how the Museum can solve this but I.was seriously annoyed. We were waiting 15 minutes with elderly people and those with buggies...this needs to be policed more closely. In the end, we gave up and walked up the stairs in pain and with great difficulty.
Written October 17, 2021
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SueOS
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK88 contributions
Got tickets for the pre-Raphaelites: Drawings and Watercolours exhibition as well as entry to the museum. The exhibition was very well laid out enabling social distancing and time to browse. Booking ahead is necessary for the museum which means the place is not crowded. Obviously, it is impossible to see everything in one morning, but we enjoyed the musical instrument section with examples of old violins and guitars. The custodian in this section was extremely helpful and showed us how to shine the light from our mobile phones into the neck/body of a couple of older instruments to see how they used to be built. We were also fascinated in another section by the plethora of china used to serve tea: amazing designs! We would certainly return to visit other areas of interest in the museum.
Written June 27, 2021
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ArtRamirez
Datchet, England, United Kingdom1,161 contributions
Finally, with covid 19 restrictions, we were able to visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Prior booking necessary even for free entry but we also wanted to visit the Young Rembrant Exhibition so early booking was necessary. What an amazing place that even after 3 hours we still did not see everything available to see. It's on several floors and easy to get around if disabled as they have lifts to all levels. The Young Rembrandt exhibition did not disappoint with soon many canvases from his very early days to see and his many paper drawings.
Written September 4, 2020
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Cairo27
Coventry, UK126 contributions
We live around 1.5 hours away and wondered whether becoming members would be worth it. We joined and paid around £65 for the two of us to become members for a year. We have spent the whole weekend at the museum and visited the Pre-Raphaelites exhibition twice. We have eaten three times in the basement cafe and purchased several books and presents from the shop. We received 20% discount, the first time we used the cafe and 10% thereafter on ever visit. In addition, we received 10% discount in the shop. So in one weekend we have recouped our ‘ investment’ in the museum. We will continue to visit the museum over the year and are looking forward to the Pissarro exhibition in November, when as members we will again get in for free. The museum is on all levels superb and why would you not want to be a member? The history, the pieces and the art are superb and we enjoyed the hours we spent there. We found the staff and volunteers to be friendly and professional. We joined initially for the art but this is just part of the wealth and enjoyment of the things you can see and learn about. The Welby Bequest of goldsmith’s art was a delight as was the Japanese silk with the cranes,cycads, and wisteria. My husband was impressed with the Egyptian collection too. What a wonderful weekend and what a fantastic investment we made. We look forward to several more weekends spent at the Ashmolean.
Written May 30, 2021
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Ann C
Nashville, TN2,737 contributions
The Ashmolean Museum offers a lovely mixture of objects going back 8,000 years.
It is Britain's first public museum. I was impressed with the variety of items from ancient Egypt to modern art.

The main museum is free, there is a fee for some exhibits.

I look forward to coming back and visiting again.

Customer service was excellent.
Written November 15, 2021
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