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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Founded in 1638 and controlled by the University of Oxford, the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is the oldest public museum in Great Britain. It was established when, in 1677, Elias Ashmole donated to the university a bulk of collections that he inherited from a friend called John Tradescan. Today, the museum is committed to art, archaeology and natural history. If you visit the museum, you will find that it is separated into five different departments, which are Eastern Art (from the Islamic world to Tibet and China), Western Art (a wide variety of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture), Antiquities (From Paleolithic to Victorian Times), Heberden Coin Room (medals and coin from around the world) and Cast Gallery (strong on Roman and Greek sculpture).

Among the most impressive highlights at the museum, you will find drawings by the famous artist Michelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci. Also, you will have the opportunity to see a collection of gems well-known as “the Alfred Jewel” and a Chinese gallery of art objects. Therefore, if you travel to England and you visit the beautiful city of Oxford, do not miss your chance to see the outstanding collections of the Ashmolean Museum.

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