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Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum can be found on Beaumont street in Oxford, and is also known as the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology. It is the world's first university museum, and was originally built in 1678–1683, in order to house the 'cabinet of curiosities' that Elias Ashmole donated Oxford University in 1677. This 'cabinet of curiosities' included natural history items, geology and works of art, not to mention the stuffed body of the last dodo ever seen in Europe! Unfortunately in 1755 the dodo had to be destroyed, as it had become so moth eaten and worn that only it's head and one claw remained. but by 1755 the stuffed dodo was so moth-eaten that it was destroyed, except for its head and one claw.

The original building has been known as the 'Museum of the History of Science' since 1924, displaying exhibitions such as the world's largest collection of astrolabes (instruments to measure angles of a slope). The main museum as we see it today wasn't built until 1854, but boasts huge arrays and examples of fine art, including one of the best collections of Pre-Raphaelite paintings and English silver, not to mention an excellent collection of Greek and Minoan pottery.

The Ashmolean Museum suffered a terrible loss during the millennium new years celebrations - as the fireworks welcomed in the year 2000, thieves took this opportunity to break in to the museum by climbing up scaffolding that was attached to an adjoining building. They stole just one painting -

an important Cezanne landscape painting of Auvers-sur-Oise, which was valued at £3 million. Due to the fact that only one item was taken, and it has not been offered for public sale, it is thought that this was a case of an 'artwork stolen to order'.

During recent years, the Ashmolean museum has been extensively modernized, mostly in the interior, and now includes a restaurant and large gift shop.


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Macdonald Randolph Hotel

Beaumont St , Oxford , OX1 2LN

Macdonald Randolph Hotel is 0.02 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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8.3 out of 10

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Ali Inn Oxford

6 Gloucester Street , Oxford , OX1 2BN

Ali Inn Oxford is 0.16 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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7.1 out of 10

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The Bocardo Hotel

24-26 George Street , Oxford , OX1 2AE

The Bocardo Hotel is 0.18 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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7.7 out of 10

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The George Street Hotel

15-19 George Street , Oxford , OX1 2AB

The George Street Hotel is 0.18 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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8.1 out of 10

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George Oxford Hotel

29-30 George St , Oxford , OX1 2AY

George Oxford Hotel is 0.19 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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7.2 out of 10

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The Buttery

11-12 Broad Street , Oxford , OX1 3AP

The Buttery is 0.20 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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8.1 out of 10

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Vanbrugh House Hotel

20 - 24 St Michael's Street , Oxford , OX1 2EB

Vanbrugh House Hotel is 0.21 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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8.5 out of 10

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Henry's

26 St. Michael's Street , Oxford , OX1 2EB

Henry's is 0.23 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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9.3 out of 10

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Tower House Guest House

15 Ship Street , Oxford , OX1 3DA

Tower House Guest House is 0.23 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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8.4 out of 10

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Oxford Apartment

Clarendon House, 52 Cornmarket Street , Oxford , OX1 3HJ

Oxford Apartment is 0.23 kilometers from Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Room prices starting from £

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7.9 out of 10

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