INTRODUCING THE COLLECTIONS
The Ashmolean Museum is part of the University of Oxford and is home to major collections of art and archaeology. The Museum’s collections and archives are a global resource containing over one million objects and works of art covering almost the entire span of human history. More than 300,000 of these are now available to search and browse online – visit the Online Collections.
Among many highlights, the Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings, outstanding Anglo-Saxon treasures, an important collection of early Pre-Raphaelite artworks, one of the top coin collections in the world, the most important collection of Egyptian pre-Dynastic sculpture and ceramics outside Cairo, and a significant collection of modern Chinese paintings.
The Museum also holds important archival and documentary material, including the Pissarro Family Archive, archives related to local archaeology, the Sir John and Sir Arthur Evans Archives, and the Kish (Iraq) excavation archives.
The Ashmolean collections are also the cornerstone of our seasonal exhibitions and events programme.
The Museum launched its new Collections Online platform in December 2023, and the Ashmolean continues to digitise the collection and prepare records for publication online.
Our online collections records include a representative selection of object records from across the Museum's curatorial departments. These range from basic inventory records – with object type, image and accession number – to full catalogue records that are cross-searchable by date, place, material, person, period and dimensions.
As only a portion of the Museum's physical collection is on display, being able to access more of the objects and items online is an additional benefit for all.