The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology first opened in 1683 as the country's first public museum and the world's first university museum. Elias Ashmole founded the Museum and gave it as a gift to the University ‘because the knowledge of Nature is very necessary to human life and health’.
The Ashmolean was refurbished in 2009, which opened to multiple-award-winning acclaim. The Director is Xa Sturgis.
Membership gives you unlimited access to exhibitions, members-only previews and curator-led talks and tours, a members’ magazine and events handbook sent to your door, as well as discounts across our shop, restaurant and café.
Join us today – your support helps keep our permanent collections free.