Family Fun at the Ashmolean

"Excellent calm and active atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great resources – wonderful learning for children (& grown-ups!)" Family visitor comment.

The Ashmolean warmly welcomes families. There is plenty to see and do, with exciting galleries as well as trails to help you explore the museum. We also have a vibrant and creative programme of free family activities throughout the year.

Special Family Events

Follow this link to view all special family events this season.

Follow this link for information about family activities taking place in all the University Museums and collections.


Our Favourite Family Museum Trails – available from our Families Activity Station during Museum opening hours, which also offers sketching materials!

Follow this link to view all of our downloadable Museum Trails

Exhibition Visits

Most of our temporary exhibitions are free for all, and our ticketed exhibitions are free for Under 12s.

Follow this link to view all current exhibitions at the Ashmolean

Café and Restaurant

Our family friendly café on the lower ground floor offers a lunchbox menu for children, and lots of other options (sandwiches, salads, soups, cakes and hot food) for grown-ups.

Our rooftop restaurant also offers a child-friendly menu.

High chairs are available both the café and the restaurant.

We don't allow food or drink in the galleries, but please feel free to picnic on the Museum forecourt

Other Family Facilities


The Museum is accessible by ramp from the pavement of Beaumont Street. Wheelchairs are also available at the Information Desk.


Accessible toilets can be found on the lower ground floor and the top floor by the Main Staircase.

Baby Changing

We have two baby changing areas, on the lower ground floor and the top floor.


Lockers are available on the lower ground floor. A £1 coin is required, but this is refunded. Lockers are large enough for large backpacks.


Fold-up pushchairs can be stored by our Information Desk on the ground floor by the Museum entrance. Please visit the desk on arrival.

All our family events are free, with a suggested donation £1 per child.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all events.

Please contact us if you have any queries or feedback:
T: 01865 288163


Bookings Family Fun Adults Learning Resources Early years to Key Stage 2 Secondary Young People
Skills For the Future

Heritage Lottery Fund Skills for the Future - Trainee Education Officer Programme.

Longlisted for the 2014 Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award