Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology in Oxford is Britain’s first public museum. It was founded in 1683, when the wealthy antiquary Elias Ashmole gifted his collection to the University of Oxford. Their world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art and tell human stories across time and different cultures.

Though the collection has evolved in time, the founding principle remains the same: “The knowledge of humanity across cultures and across times is important to society”. It’s worth noting however that much of the collection was selected and obtained as a result of colonial power. The museum is aware of this fact and revises the interpretation of its collections regularly.

Admission for the museum is free and if you join as a member, you have unlimited access to exhibitions, exclusive online events, members-only previews and curator-led events. The Museum is open every day, 10am–5pm.

Visiting the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Website: https://www.ashmolean.org/

Address: Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2PH

Phone: 01865 278000

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