Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is a famous museum in Oxford with outstanding collections of art, archaeology, and musical instruments.
The current museum was established in 1908, after the joining of the University Art Collection and the “Old Ashmolean Museum”, created in 1683 by the wealthy collector Elias Ashmole as the first public museum in Britain.
The museum, housed in a recently renovated 19th-century neoclassic building, reflects its polymorphic origin as well as the multiform interests typical of the collectors of the 17th and 18th centuries and thus presents a quite diverse set of collections.
The art collections include works by Michelangelo, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Paolo Uccello, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt, Titian, Turner, Pissarro, Cézanne, and Picasso, among many others.
The archaeological collections include artifacts from Ancient Egypt, the Babylonian Empire, Ancient Greece, and Rome, but also objects unearthed in Britain dating from the Bronze age onward. The museum also houses a magnificent collection of musical instruments, including some exceptional violins by Antonio Stradivari, as well as relevant Chinese and Islamic art sections.
The Ashmolean museum also organizes temporary exhibitions, learning programs, and special events. At the museum, a restaurant, a café, and a museum shop are also available to the public.
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