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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ashmolean Museum Oxford

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford is the world's first university museum.

Ashmolean Museum Oxford, UK.

The Ashmolean Museum was first built in 1678-1683 AD to house the cabinet of curiosities Elias Ashmole (1617-1692) gave to Oxford University in 1677. The present building (see below) dates from 1845.

Ashmolean Museum
The painting collection of the Ashmolean Museum grew rapidly from the 1660s to 70s. In the mid 1660s, the Ashmolean Museum began to acquire images of people from the past.

In the eighteenth century, the museum added a number of landscapes, historical paintings and scenes from contemporary life. Other donations included collections of Old Masters and by the early nineteenth century, the museum had become an art gallery of general interest. One painting on exhibit is Canaletto's 'Landscape with a Villa seen through a ruined Arch'(see below).

Ashmolean Museum
Another well known exhibit at the Ashmolean Museum is Powhatan's mantle (see below). Chief Powhatan was chief of a Virginia Indian tribe and the father of Pocahantas. The mantle is thought to have been a wall hanging.

Ashmolean Museum
In the Ashmolean Museum's gallery of Greek and Roman sculpture, this spectacular statue of the goddess Athena can be seen.

Ashmolean Museum
The entrance to the Ashmolean Museum is located on Beaumont Street in Oxford. Visitors to the Ashmolean Museum may also want to visit the nearby Christ Church College, Christ Church Cathedral, University Church of St Mary the Virgin or Carfax Tower.

Ashmolean Museum
Beaumont Street
Oxford OX1 2PH
Tel: 01865 278002

Ashmolean Museum Map

© 2011 John Westby

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