Virtual Tour of the Ashmolean

Museum of Art and Archaeology

Virtual Tour of the Ashmolean

The Ashmolean is Britain's Oldest Public Museum.

Founded in 1683, it contains the University of Oxford's collections of art and antiquities.

This is a historical look at the Ashmolean. Many of the galleries featured
are currently closed for redevelopment. Please visit www.ashmolean.org for
up-to-date information.

Departments The Collections

360° Panoramas (requires Apple's QuickTime for Mac OS or MS Windows)

Antiquities Collections cover a wide range in both space and time. From the Palaeolithic to Victorian periods; from Egypt and the Middle East to Europe and Britain.

ground floor

  • Classical Sculpture - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Ancient Egypt - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
  • Ancient Nubia - panorama # 1
  • Byzantine Antiquities - panorama # 1
  • Medieval & Later Antiquities - panoramas #1, 2
first floor
  • Ancient Greece - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Greek Antiquities - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Ancient Rome; Dark Age Europe - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
  • Cyprus - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
  • Ancient Near East - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Crete & Aegean - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Prehistoric & Etruscan
  • Tradescant's Rarities - panorama # 1
Eastern Art Collections cover a large area of the Orient, from the Islamic world of the Middle East through India, Tibet and South East Asia, to China, Japan and Korea.

ground floor

  • Early Asia & Early China - panoramas #1, 2
  • Khoan and Michael Sullivan Gallery of Chinese Paintings - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
  • Chinese Art - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Japanese & Korean Art - panorama # 1
  • Indian, Tibet, S.E. Asia Art- panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Mughal Art - panorama # 1
  • Islamic Art - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Japanese Decorative Art - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Paintings & Prints- panorama # 1
Western Art

Collections comprise drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture, as well as ceramics, metalwork and glass. There is also a collection of musical instruments and jewellery.

ground floor

  • English Pottery & European Porcelain- panorama # 1
  • Worcester Porcelain - panoramas # 1, 2
first floor
  • Founder's Collection - panorama # 1
  • Italian Renaissance Painting & Sculpture - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Old Master Drawings; Tapestries - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Renaissance Ceramics, Bronzes & Metalwork - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Silver & Watches - panorama # 1
  • English Delftware - panorama # 1
  • Prints & Drawings - panorama # 1
  • 20th Century Paintings - panorama # 1
  • 19th Century European Art; Impressionists - panoramas # 1, 2
  • Landscape Paintings - panorama # 1
  • Early 20th Century Gallery - panoramas # 1, 2
  • 17th Century Dutch & Flemish Paintings - panorama # 1
  • European Baroque Art - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
  • Musical Instruments - panoramas # 1, 2
second floor
  • Glass Stairs- panorama # 1
  • 18th Century Art - panoramas # 1, 2
  • English 19th Century Art; Pre-Raphaelites - panoramas # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Dutch Still-life Paintings - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
Heberden Coin Room Collections cover coins and medals from around the world, but most notably Greek, Roman, Celtic, Byzantine, Medieval, Islamic, Indian and Chinese.
first floor
  • Coin room - panoramas # 1, 2, 3
The Museum Shop Publications - from the erudite to the glossy, academic to children's. Including the popular handbook series based on the Museum's collections.
Gifts - from silk scarves to Eastern ceramics, candles and diaries, jewellery and the humble fridge magnet. All have been chosen to reflect and enhance the Museum's wide and diverse displays.
  • panoramas # 1, 2, 3

design and photography by karl harrison
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