Department of Western Art
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
T: +44(0)1865 278049; +44(0)1865 288289
F: +44 (0)1865 278056
Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
The Western Art Print Room will be closed from 17th July for approximately seven weeks in order to carry out essential improvement works to the premises. Over this period the Western Art collections of works on paper will not be available for consultation.
Those travelling to Oxford to visit the collections are advised to contact the Print Room for an update on the progress of the works. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
Access for visitors with impaired mobility
There is no lift access to the Print Room, but most works on paper from the collection can be made available for visitors with impaired mobility in a room above the Print Room. It is helpful to give the Print Room staff some notice in order to book this room.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a minimum of twenty-four hours’ notice.
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.