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

During June and July 2016 visitors to the Print Room may experience some noise and disruption as a result of building work taking place in nearby areas of the Museum. This could continue for a period of up to two months.

It may also be necessary to close the Print Room for two days during this period.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by these essential works.

The Print Room will also be closed on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June, and on the afternoon of 28 June.

Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm (Friday by appointment only)

On Thursday 14 April 2016 the Print Room will be closed in the afternoon, from 2 until 4 pm.

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.

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.

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.