Rainy Day Activities: Visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Oxford, Oxfordshire

All the great civilizations of the world are represented in the Ashmolean Museum’s collections; escape the rain for a whole day, or pop in for five minutes for a quick browse.

The Ashmolean Museum is the world's oldest university museum and its world-class collections span the civilisations of east and west, charting the aspirations of humankind from the Neolithic era to the present day.

Among its treasures are the world's largest collection of Raphael drawings, the most important collection of pre-Dynastic Egyptian material in Europe, and the only great Minoan collection in Britain. The museum is also home to the finest Anglo-Saxon collections outside of the British Museum; you can even view the whole collection online if you’d like to plan your visit in such detail.

There’s also an exciting programme of object handling events, family activities, tours and lectures including the famous ‘Live Fridays’.

With a delightful rooftop restaurant and a cheery café, it's possible to spend the whole day inside in full comfort.

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