The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology, founded in 1683. Our world famous collections range from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, telling human stories across cultures and across time.
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Contemporary Chinese artist Fang Lijunwas a leading protagonist of the early 1990s Cynical Realist art movement in China. This exhibition showcases some of Fang's seminal paintings alongside drawings, woodcuts and his more recent ceramics.
From around 250 BCE to 10 CE, rulers controlled an area of Central and South Asia in the ancient regions of Bactria and Gandhara. This intriguing new display of coins featuring kings, queens and Indo-Greek symbols and influences gives insights into the Graeco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek kingdoms, as they're now known.
Celebrating 21st-century Oxford, this display responds to 18th-century figures who benefited from the slave trade. The 16 paintings in the display are by British artist Mary Chamberlain, and created on vellum, a material that for centuries has been used to encode British law.
Uncover the invisible fingerprints left behind by makers, looters, archaeologists, soldiers, rulers, curators, and more. These stories of touch also reveal how forces of conflict and colonialism have shaped the Museum.
Our curators have been recording bite-sized tales of the wonderful, and sometimes unexpected, life of a museum. Explore time & asparagus, symbols of hope in challenging times, Ancient Greek manscaping, and more!
Discover thousands of objects and artworks Take a journey through thousands of years of art and history with our online collection. There are currently more than 200,000 objects available to search and browse online.