Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MarkDF3
    Boston, Massachusetts3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum in Oxford
    Wonderful and varied collection displayed in a very approachable way. The museum is free, and volunteers provide 1-hour free tours that are a great way to gain some insight into favorites (and then I went back to look at several areas more carefully). Graham the guide was especially gifted. A thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a few hours. And don’t miss the rooftop cafe!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Peter R
    Maroochydore, Australia2,377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Knossos exhibition
    This place was good to come and look at and also see the Knossos exhibition which was very good. The museum has a lot to see and you could spend hours here. Good for the kids to come and see the free part.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • HUNTINGPARTY
    Sevenoaks, United Kingdom530 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must
    Fascinating museum. Very hard to describe but the exhibits are well put together and full of interesting detail. We were there a couple of hours and had only visited 2 floors when we stopped so plenty more to go back for another day!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • Mike A
    105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So much to see
    You could easily spend a whole day in here. Highlights include the Alfred Jewel and a lantern claimed to have been carried by Guy Fawkes. Enjoyed the ancient Middle Eastern displays as well. Free entry as well which is always a bonus.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Bunty8
    United Kingdom639 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Museum
    Only had a few hours, but could have spent most of day here. There is so much to see, we will go back. Entry is free, but a donation is appreciated, there is a restaurant and a cafe which we went to, it was busy but managed to find a table and enjoyed soup and cheese/ham flatbread. Well worth a visit if in Oxford, look forward to returning.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 1, 2023
  • BQTT
    London, United Kingdom86 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Oxford
    Quite possibly one of the best museums you’ll ever see. Not as big as the globally best known museums but very rich and varied collections, beautifully curated. I would recommend a good 2-3 hours to take in everything on display. Building itself is very nice too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Christopher Q
    Ellesmere, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Museum
    Sensational experience . The museum is beautifully managed and contains some remarkable artefacts. We wanted to see the Alfred Jewel and were soon entranced by other exhibits. Well worth the visit. A very good shop on the ground floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • Jane R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure
    Far too much to see during one visit. We concentrated on the suggested highlights. These are marked on the floor plus you can get a map. It’s probably a good idea to pick a particular era or to make several visits. There were a number of friendly, helpful staff available should the experience become too overwhelming.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Patricia B
    Borough of Brentwood, United Kingdom34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long Awaited Visit.
    This Museum is one of England’s Treasures. Imaginatively, well presented artefacts. We were part of a small group but it never felt crowded (a Tuesday Morning) as happens in London Museums. A rich and varied collection. TE Lawrence’s Arab robes. The findings from Knossos and much more stand out. Staff friendly and helpful. Free entry but please leave a donation if you can.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Stefan Overton
    Colchester, United Kingdom229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    FREE ENTRY!
    Hands down one of the best museums I have ever visited, cherry on the top is this is a free exhibit. We were in this museum for more than 2 hours as there is so much to see from different area. Museum is laid out brilliantly, seamlessly moving into different eras of time. A good amount of artefacts are from BC times which is hard to wrap your head around! A lot of interactive elements also. I highly recommend a visit for anyone exploring Oxford.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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WasOnce
Bucks County, PA469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is hard for me to imagine that someone could not find something in this varied collection to pique their interest. On our recent visit to Oxford my wife, adult daughter and I chose to take the museum in 3 hour blocks of time on 2 successive days.Even then I am not sure we did the museum full justice. Admission is "free", but there is a request for a 5 GBP "donation" at the door, though there was no obvious pressure exerted by the door keepers on either day of our visit.
Written February 18, 2020
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK2,008 contributions
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Sep 2020 • Solo
Although I have been to Oxford a few times I hadn’t managed to visit the Ashmolean and wanted to rectify that but on a limited time frame. Tickets need to be booked online for a day and time now but are free unless you chose to add a donation.
The museum has lots of amazing sections and is well laid out and a one way system during these Covid-19 time’s implemented.
I loved the Egyptian section but the Alfred Jewel, Powhatan’s Mantle, paintings by some very well known artists and some rather scary looking Samurai armour to name just a few were great to see and I will definitely head here again for a longer browse!
A place you must visit whilst in Oxford!!
Written September 28, 2020
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Crispizzalover
Norfolk, UK1,529 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
This museum is great because you can visit for free some exhibitions. We opted out to see the Rembrandt as we had seen in Holland already but if you decide to go the ticket is 14.50£

The free entrance it gives you a change to walk in both floors and see the exhibits of Greek, Iran and Egypt. They are constantly changing the free exhibitions so just look online before you go to see if would be something you like to look around. You can easily spend around 1h30 to 2 hours just watching the free stuff.

Written March 11, 2020
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MACave65
Colchester, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We specifically went for the Rembrandt exhibition, which you had to pay for, but this was very worthwhile. The museum itself was free to enter, however, you have to book a time slot due to COVID. There is so much to see, you probably need to visit more than once, and you need to plan what you want to see. Well worth a visit, so much to see, well organised and safe.
Written September 3, 2020
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futtock21
London, UK16,473 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a mightily impressive exhibition featuring paintings from museums around the world including the Metropolitan in New York, the Pushkin in Moscow, the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam and private collections as well as prints from the Ashmolean’s own vaults. It marks Rembrandt’s transition from a promising student to the gestation of one of the greatest painters of his age. It compares works such as his Samson and Delilah with the same subject by his friend Ian Lievens to show how his trajectory soars compared with those of his contemporaries. It reveals his extraordinary empathy when still a young man in his twenties with those in a ripe old age. It displays his growing mastery with the depiction of light and shade. It shows his developing interest in self-portrait starting with an extraordinary miniature print of the artist pretending to be shocked at meeting his viewer. It concludes by displaying works showing his influence over his contemporaries. And if this exhibition was not worth a day trip from London in itself there is an intriguing exhibition of paintings by Chinese artist Cao Guo-Qiang, literally atmospheric given his interest in gunpowder with which he opened the Beijing Olympic. And in the basement a splendid exhibition curated by Anne Desmet RA celebrating a century of wood engraving then selling examples of the more recent works courtesy of the Society of Wood Engravers all proceeds to support the museum in its time of need.
Written August 31, 2020
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Stephen N
Lauria, Italy145 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
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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Charlotte S
Hobart, Australia39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
How lucky was I to be in Oxford while the Pompeii exhibition was on at the Ashmoleon. The whole Museum is extraordinary and the exhibits beautifully presented. Whilst there was a fee to visit the Pompeii exhibit, it was worth every penny with artefacts borrowed from Italy for a few months. One got a real insight into the everyday lives of the people of Pompeii, right down to whT they had for dinner. Access to everything was also good for people who, like myself, have difficulty with stairs.
We also opted for a quick lunch upstairs in the rooftop restaurant and were delighted with the service and the food
Written January 6, 2020
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Pete D
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I spent a very happy 6 hours wandering through The Ashmolean, taking in the vast array of exhibits totally immersed in the fascinating artifacts and accompanying information boards. It felt like I was only in there for an hour! Time flies when you are having fun and I wasn't the only one
It was busy but not unduly crowded with lots of family and also school groups in evidence, all equally enthralled. The school groups were particularly enthusiastic.

The only thing I found a little disturbing was that every time I turned around I appeared to be being scrutinised by the same member of staff. After about the fifth or sixth time of becoming aware of this person's gaze I was a little annoyed at being followed in so obvious a manner. I paused and rather pointedly observed her in turn until she got the hint and moved away. After this rather disconcerting experience I did not see this person again until I passed her in the lobby on the way out. I am still puzzled at this behaviour as I am a well dressed individual with a quiet demeanour and can think of nothing I did to warrant this rather strange and intrusive attention.
Otherwise, it was a very enjoyable visit and an experience I would recommend for anyone of any age except perhaps the very young.
Written January 31, 2020
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SueOS
Bexhill-on-Sea, UK87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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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Holidaygirl78
Crawley, UK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • 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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