About the Museum


Interior View, Ashmolean Museum
Interior View, Ashmolean Museum
John Cairns, Photo: John Cairns

Interior View, Ashmolean Museum

Exterior View, Ashmolean
© Ashmolean Museum, University Of Oxford., Ashmolean Museum Photo Studio

Exterior View, Ashmolean

Interior View, Ashmolean Museum
Copyright: Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford

Interior View, Ashmolean Museum

Interior View, Ashmolean Museum
John Cairns, Photo: John Cairns

Interior View, Ashmolean Museum

Founded in 1683, the Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology. From ancient Egyptian artefacts to contemporary art, the collection spans thousands of years of human civilization. The museum claims to hold the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings and the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture outside Cairo, as well as the foremost collection of modern Chinese painting in the Western world. The museum’s collection is founded upon the the University Art Collection, originally housed in the Upper Reading Room in the Bodleian Library, and the collection of "miscellaneous curiosities" belonging to John Tradescant the elder which later passed to Elias Ashmole who insisted it should be displayed in a purpose-built museum.

Collection Highlights


Namikawa Yasuyuki

Vase with waterfall over rocks
The Alfred Jewel
Powhatan’s Mantle
Fragmentary hand and forearm from the Buddha

Charles Alston Collins

Convent Thoughts
Ashmolean Museum: Collection Highlights

Namikawa Yasuyuki

Vase with waterfall over rocks, 1910-1915
Metal, with shakudō, and inlaid with silver wire cloisonné enamel, 24.9 cm x 6.2 cm x 8.5 cm
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The Alfred Jewel, 871-899 (late Anglo-Saxon)
Enamel, gold, rock crystal, 5.2 cm x max. 3.1 cm
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Powhatan’s Mantle, 17th century
Deerskin with shell decoration, 235 cm x 160 cm
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Fragmentary hand and forearm from the Buddha, 2nd century
Pink sandstone, 55 cm x 40 cm x max. 18 cm
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Charles Alston Collins

Convent Thoughts, 1851
Oil on canvas, 84 cm x 59 cm
© Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Facebook Twitter Instagram Sina Weibo You Tube Menu Menu Close Close-white Angle Down Angle Up Angle Left Angle Right Chevron Down Play Search Location Slideshow Article Share Share-white Question Pencil Expand