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Built by C.R. Cockerell in a very free neo-Grecian style, (1845), the Ashmolean developed from the collections of John Tradescant, the gardener at Hatfield House, and his son. Today, the Ashmolean is a university archaeological museum, but also has rich and varied collections in all domains worthy of a national museum. The ground floor is given over to Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities as well as decorative and fine art of the Far East (China, Japan, Tibet, India) The most remarkable exhibit in the medieval room is the magnificent Alfred Jewel from the late 9 C, which is thought to have been made for Alfred the Great. The collection of Worcester porcelain is also interesting. On the first floor are archaeological treasures from Crete, Greece and Etruria. There are remarkable collections of paintings especially 14 C - 16 C Italian masterpieces (Ucello, Bellini, Di Cosimo, Véronese, Giorgione...). The collection also includes lesser 17 C and 18 C works from the Flemish, Dutch, English and French schools. (Le Lorrain). An interesting feature on the second floor is the Pre-Raphaelite section. The selection of French Impressionists is rounded off by several British 20 C works, mostly from the Camden Town school. .

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  • Address : st. Beaumont GB - Oxford OX1 2PHOX1 2PHOxford
  • Phone : 01865 278002
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  • Prices : free of charge

Opening hours :

  • 10am-6pm - Western Art Print Room: daily except Sun 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm - closed Mon (except Bank Hol Mon) and 24-26 Dec

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    A very large, well organised Museum. Some fantastic permanent exhibits with a fascinating range of semi-permanent displays. Kids enjoyed it too, although its not ideal (minimal interactivity). The sheer range of exhibits makes it possible to promise something of interest to all.


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