The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Dates: Reopening November 7, 2009
After a multi-million pound renovation, Britain’s oldest public museum—the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford—reopened on November 7, 2009. The revamped museum consists of 39 galleries that include 4 temporary exhibition galleries, an education center, state-of-the-art conservation studios and Oxford’s first rooftop restaurant, The Ashmolean Dining Room.
The museum’s curators have attempted a new strategy of displaying the museum’s collections as means demonstrating how civilizations from all over the world have been part of an interrelated world culture. The Crossing Cultures Crossing Time strategy explores connections between objects and activities common to different cultures, such as money, reading and writing, and the representation of the human image.
As a teaching and research department of the University of Oxford, The Ashmolean publishes research from the fields of art history, history, archaeology, numismatics and Oriental studies.
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