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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Ranked #6 of 145 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 July 23, 2013

A wonderful experience but so much to see in such a great city. Lots of return visits required as there is too much to absorb in one visit. Some of the upstairs rooms were very hot in the heatwave.

Thank Shinyglass3
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Truly the best museum I've been to in England, the exhibits are amazing and you could stay in there for years learning about all the different things in the world, I was particularly drawn to the Chinese, Islamic, Mughal and "crossroads" exhibition.
Definitely worth going!

Thank Max S
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

It is a few years since we had been here, so we had not seen the new rearrangement of the galleries that was completed in 2009. What a lovely surprise. The Ashmolean has always had a great array of artefacts, but not the space to really make them shine. Now there are really interesting galleries, some linked by region or historical period, some by theme. Lots of talks and activities (many of them free) are advertised each day. Our prime purpose today was to visit the exhibition of Stradivarius violins. It was a real thrill to see so many in one place, and really be able to compare the different periods in terms of shape and design. The audio guide at an additional £3 is a must to hear the different instruments being played, but there are live recitals on Wed and Sat afternoons where the lucky students of music get to play these fantastic instruments. You still have a chance to see this until 11th August. Even if you miss this exhibition, there are bound to be others in the light and airy exhibition space - and on the top floor a wonderful dining room with views across the rooftops - for a special lunch at not a bad price for what is offered. We only wanted a snack, and were pleased with the café - particularly the generous children's meal deal - not a plasticky white bread sandwich with loads of additives, but a lovely fresh bread ham sandwich, fruit from a fresh selection, any drink the child chose (not tetrapaks - lovely selection) and a huge chocolate brownie - all for £5. And on the lower ground floor are lots of interesting themed areas taking in whole swathes of history - my daughter (9) loved the exhibition about money, including the chance to chat to two custodians and handle money from 2400 years ago. Wonderful.

Thank milliej27
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Closed for some time and re-opened in 2009 - I wish I had returned sooner. Well laid out, a locker to store my bag (and free), busy cafe/restaurant but good food. And the collections - very high standard, well labelled and easy to navigate.

Thank Norman P
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Reviewed July 17, 2013

I am sorry but I found the museum attendants? Is that what they're called? To be utterly charming, if a little stressed and tired! However I had some white-shirted storm trooper come blazing up to me and order me to take off my satchel?! Why?! The museum attendant later explained that it was protocol and apologised for the way I was spoken to.
I also find it difficult to believe that certain security guards should be allowed to walk around in pairs, storming up to visitors and ordering them to do things? It seems a little odd to me.

2  Thank Helen S
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