News item from 2009
Ashmolean receives over 20,000 visitors in first weekend opening
Approximately 22,000 visitors came from far and wide to visit the Ashmolean in a special public weekend opening. Laurel and Nathan Bossen from Montreal, Canada, were the first visitors to enter the new front doors at the main entrance, as they opened for the first time to the public. Vistors continued to stream through the doors throughout the weekend to explore the 39 new galleries in the new building, designed by award-winning architect Rick Mather.
BBC News "The UK's oldest public museum has reopened after a £61m redevelopment."
The Oxford Mail "THOUSANDS of people marvelled at the multi-million pound transformation of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, following its public opening at the weekend. Visitors gave the £61m re-fit the seal of approval as they enjoyed five floors of artefacts – hundreds of which had not been seen at the museum before."