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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
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3-Hour Private Oxford Guided Walking Tour
Ranked #6 of 145 things to do in Oxford
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, established in 1683, is Britain’s oldest public museum and one of the oldest museums in the world.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

The Ashomolean's displays are so extensive that we actually made two separate visits. We truly could not drink in any more on our first outing so we returned a couple days later to take in what we missed. The museum, as in most of Britain encourages donations as opposed to charging an admission fee, but they do have a special exhibit area that is only available to ticketed customers, but there is so much to see otherwise we chose not to attend the reserved area. The museum is located just of St. Giles and is very near the Eagle and Child. If your in the city centre it's an easy walk.

Thank Holly B
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

Upon arrival at Oxford before noon, I went right away to Ashmolean with my carry-on bag (since it was 2 hours before my check-in.

This place had always been among my favorite places to visit (for its Persian artworks collections). It has a few bright sides, of course: the admission is free!...um...

Now, the negatives:
They have lockers in three different sizes for visitors like me (tourists, etc); but the lockers are strangely located on the basement level!! People enter the museum with heavy luggage on the lobby level, now they must go to the basement to use the lockers! and unfortunately the number of lockers are very inadequate. There are only 3 carry-on size lockers, all were occupied on my arrival.

I asked the admission desk staff what I could do and whether I was allowed to tour with my bag, and they said yes. Thank you for your kind understanding so far; however, a very young gentleman approached me after 1 hour and insisted that visiting museum while carrying a carry-on bag is prohibited> I explained the situation, he was not convinced and took me with himself to his supervisor, and she kindly gave me green light to go back to my visit (thanks again).

Collections are very limited (in terms of diversity and size), showing is a bit tasteless, signs reading the room / galleries allocation are very confusing and in some cases inaccurate (for example, it reads Middle East, but you would have collections from other parts and Persian Collections are shown the next room, etc). A Scythian tomb is listed very confusingly.

The building is small and crammed. Renovations has forgotten the staircases between basement and lobby (main entrance), the air ventilation is a myth, the store staff are great but store itself is not special by any standard.

I usually stick to the museums with cyanoacrylate glue; however, this time I was in and out in almost 70 min.

It is a mystery to me why it is not a real museum by any modern standard.

Thank Reza H
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

We stopped by on a very nice day, so I'm sorry to say we didn't stay as long as we could have on a cloudy or rainy day. It would take a day! Really interesting collection from around the world. They ask for a donation, otherwise it is free.

Thank lncclc
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

It's the Ashmo, I could spend a week here! It's a brilliant collection of artifacts and art and it's free to enter but donations are very much welcome.

Thank TheSecretF
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The Ashmolean Museum is very similar, in style, to the British Museum (not in size, though). It displays items from different countries. Worth a visit!

Thank MireyaTM
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