Happy Birthday Ashmolean!
Britain’s first museum is 334 years old today! Here it is in today’s glorious sunshine. On 24 May 1683 the doors of the original Ashmolean Museum were officially opened to the public.
Have you seen our new banners up yet? Our exciting summer show Raphael: The Drawings opens next Thursday 1 June and brings together 120 stunning works from international collections spanning the brief but brilliant career of the Renaissance genius. Raphael was just 37 when he died.
This exciting exhibition focuses on his extraordinary creativity, and shows how exploration and experimentation shaped his breathtakingly accomplished drawings.