The first phase of the Ashmolean’s transformation saw the creation of a stunning new building, designed by world-renowned architect Rick Mather, replacing all but the original 1845 Cockerell Building. Opened by Her Majesty The Queen in December 2009, the new Ashmolean will welcome over one million visitors in its first year.

Arranged over five floors with level access throughout, the building provides 39 new galleries including an extensive temporary exhibition space to host ‘blockbuster’ exhibitions. It has created 100% more display space than the former building, and advanced environmental controls allow even the most rare and fragile items to be displayed.

A purpose-built Education Centre, with its own entrance, has been created, and three new study centres give hands-on access to research collections, enhancing our provision for the needs of school parties and scholars, as well as the general public. State-of-the-art conservation facilities have improved our ability to care for the Museum’s treasures.

The vision for the new Museum goes far beyond the physical redevelopment. Find out more about how we are creating a more innovative, engaging and accessible Ashmolean by following the links below:

Crossing Cultures, Crossing Time

... of discovery through time

A new Education Centre

From building through to cases

The Redeveloped Cast Gallery