WESTERN ART PRINT ROOM

Works on paper fade quickly when exposed to light and are extremely fragile, making it impossible to keep them on permanent display.

The Ashmolean’s Print Room offers access to beautiful and significant drawings, watercolours and prints by a wide range of artists from the fifteenth century to the present day including Michelangelo, Rubens, Ruskin and Degas, among others.

OPENING HOURS

The Western Art Print Room reopens on Tuesday 18 May 2021.

We will then be open Tuesday–Friday, 2–4pm

Admission is FREE but pre-booking is recommended, and a General Admission ticket for the Museum is also required

  • We recommend that visitors book an appointment at least one week in advance
  • If you are running late or need to cancel your appointment, please let our Print Room staff know as soon as possible
  • Drop-in appointments will be accommodated where possible, but must be requested before 3pm

BOOKING

We recommend that visitors book an appointment at least one week in advance. Bookings can be made by email or phone.

MAKE A PRINT ROOM BOOKING

 
And don't forget: you will also need to book a General Museum Admission ticket to gain entry to the Museum.

BOOK A MUSEUM TICKET

ABOUT YOUR VISIT

  • You will be sent a confirmation e-mail for your appointment – please bring this with you when you visit
  • You will also need to book a General Museum Admission ticket to gain entry to the Museum
  • Please wear a face covering inside the Museum, and read more about COVID-19 safety within the Museum
  • Print Room appointments are restricted to 45 minutes
  • Visits are restricted to one individual, or a pair of visitors from the same household
  • Visitors will not be able to handle artworks
  • Up to 10 works will be displayed on stands for the duration of the visit
  • Visitors wishing to see more than 10 works, or wishing to examine 10 works for a longer period than 45 minutes,
    will need to make consecutive appointments
    • Between consecutive appointments, visitors may be asked to leave the Print Room to enable staff to display further works
    • Works must be requested in advance
    • Additional works cannot be requested during an appointment
  • One small locker will be available for coats and bags – please limit the number of items that you bring with you
  • There are no toilet facilities accessible to visitors within the Print Room area

Read our full visiting guide (PDF)

MICHELANGELO AND RAPHAEL

Michelangelo and Raphael’s drawings are some of the most popular works in the collection. They are also very fragile, so in order to preserve these works for future generations, we ask that you book well in advance in writing.

DURING YOUR VISIT

To access the Print Room, talk to our staff at the Museum's Information Desk on the Ground Floor. They will arrange your visit and show you how to find us.

When visiting the Print Room

  • all bags must be left in our lockers
  • please only use pencils (not propelling pencils) to make notes
  • no food, drink or chewing gum is allowed

There is no lift access to the Print Room, but we can make items from the collection available to you if you have difficulty with stairs. Please let us know in advance if you would like to arrange this.

OPINIONS

Do you have a work of art on which you’d like an expert opinion? Our curatorial staff are available for comment.

Please contact us in advance, ideally by e-mail, sending images of the work.

We cannot comment on valuation or accept liability for any opinion expressed.

HOW TO CONTACT US

Western Art Print Room
Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford
OX1 2PH

Tel: +44 (0)1865 288289; +44 (0)1865 278049
Email: waprintroom@ashmus.ox.ac.uk