Print Room

The Western Art Print Room

Department of Western Art

Print Room

The Print Room of the Department of Western Art houses one of the finest collections in Britain of European graphic arts from the fifteenth century to the present day. It is open to members of the public, students and visiting scholars alike for the study and enjoyment of drawings and prints.

How to contact us

Western Art Print Room
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street

T: +44(0)1865 278049; +44(0)1865 288289
F: +44 (0)1865 278056

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm

Friday by appointment only

Please note that there are a limited number of appointments available on Friday. Please contact the Print Room as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment if you wish to visit on Friday.

Ordering Images

If you would like to order images of works in our collection, or seek permission for reproducing them, please contact the Picture Library:


Visitors are invited to enquire at the Information Desk (at the front entrance of the museum) about how to gain access to the Print Room. It is usually possible to secure a space on arrival but it should be noted that the Print Room can become very busy and that you may have to wait for a space to become free (usually no more than 30 minutes, but sometimes longer). The Information Desk staff will also be able to help you find the Print Room within the museum.

Please note that drinking water, food and chewing gum are not permitted in the Print Room for conservation reasons. Visitors wearing nail varnish will be asked to wear nitrile gloves when handling unmounted prints and drawings.

There is no lift access to the Print Room but items can be made available for visitors who have difficulty with stairs. Please contact the Print Room in advance to arrange access.

Viewing of Michelangelo and Raphael drawings by appointment

The drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael have been shown extensively within the museum since their arrival in 1846. In an attempt to preserve these important drawings for future generations we endeavour not to over-expose them to light and altering atmospheric conditions. Therefore, visitors wishing to see them are requested to make an appointment in writing or by e-mail (, with a minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice.

The exhibition Raphael: The Drawings (29 September 2017 to 7 January 2018) at the Albertina in Vienna means that the majority of our Raphael drawings will not be available for viewing in the Print Room until February or March 2018.

Access to the Michelangelo drawings will also be limited until late March/April 2018, owing to a major exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York: Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer (6 November 2017 to 12 February 2018).

Please be aware that the selection of works for viewing will include some drawings from the School of Raphael and Michelangelo instead, as well as drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. There are many works by other Italian Renaissance artists in the collection, and these can be found on our website, by following this link to search the Online Western Art Drawings Collection.

Group visits

The Western Art collection of drawings and prints is used by teachers and members of the University in the context of studies in Art History, but members of the general public are also welcome to organise group visits to the Print Room.

Group visits may be organised subject to the availability of staff to supervise them. A maximum of 12 people can be accommodated, for an hour, Tuesday to Friday (10.30–12.30 and 14.30–16.30). A minimum of two week’s notice is required.

Download the current Print Room Information Booklet.

More information on the Collections.