The Von Bothmer Study Centre is available for research visits and University teaching using the archaeological collections from Europe, the Near East, Egypt and Sudan, which are held by the Antiquities Department.




Tuesday–Friday, 10am–1pm and 2pm–4.30pm

Please book at least 4 weeks in advance

Admission is free

Planned closure: the Antiquities Study Room is currently closed to new research visit requests until the beginning of June, due to a major departmental project. We kindly ask that you submit your request after 25 May 2020. Apologies for the inconvenience and many thanks for your understanding in the meantime.


All visits to our study rooms need to be booked 4 to 6 weeks in advance.

Bookings can be made by emailing

Please provide a letter of introduction or reference from a qualified supervisor if you are new to the Ashmolean Antiquities Department.

Researchers should provide accession numbers for the objects they wish to see during their visit.

For any questions about visiting please email


You can view around 15 objects or 4 archive volumes

Please come to the St Giles’ entrance of the Ashmolean at your appointed time to visit the study centre. A member of Antiquities will meet you there

The centre is accessible via the Museum lifts

Please read the regulations below before visiting

Study room regulations

Archival material regulations


When visiting our study centre, please:

  • make sure you have permission from the relevant Ashmolean curator if you wish to take photographs
  • only take photographs for private use or study; permission is needed for any form of publication as these objects are under copyright (you can contact the Picture Library for instructions about ordering and reproducing images)