Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (must see)

The Ashmolean Museum on Beaumont Street is a wonderful “Aladdin’s Cave” of a museum to visit, and it sure is to delight everyone.

Created in 1678 to house the cabinet of curiosities donated by Elias Ashmole, this was the first university museum in the world. It moved to its current location, built by Charles Cockerall to accommodate the growing collection, in 1845.

The museum holds a wealth of Pre-Raphaelite paintings, drawings by da Vinci, Michelangelo and Raphael, as well as several watercolors by Turner.

Many of the archaeological artifacts are from Ashmole’s private collection and those of John Tradescant the Elder and the Younger, both of whom were naturalists, botanists and travelers.

The exhibitions display antique coins, books, engravings and geological specimens. The beautiful collection of Greek and Minoan pottery and artifacts from Ancient Egypt and Sudan are from the estate of Arthur Evans, the archaeologist who unearthed the Palace of Knossos on the island of Crete.

The rest of the collection is a superb potpourri of curios, including Oliver Cromwell’s Death Mask, the lantern used by Guy Fawkes when he attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, the Alfred Jewel, the Abingdon Sword, and Lawrence of Arabia’s ceremonial Arab head-dress.

Operation hours:
Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
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Sight Name: Ashmolean Museum
Sight Location: Oxford, England (See walking tours in Oxford)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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