Although the museum's web site jumped the gun (and so did we), according to this Bloomberg report, the Ashmolean is apparently now REALL REALLY open. I'll look forward to reader reports on the new numismatic galleries and offices. The museum has been undergoing renovations for quite some time - it was closed two years ago when I visited Oxford with Douglas Saville.
The Ashmolean, Oxford University's 326-year-old museum of art and archaeology, reopens its doors on Nov. 7 after a 61 million pound ($100 million) overhaul.
The redevelopment, put on show to reporters today, was led by Rick Mather Architects, which modernized London's Wallace Collection. The project will double the display areas of Britain's oldest public museum. There will be 39 new galleries, four exhibition spaces, new education and conservation sections, and the rooftop Ashmolean Dining Room.
The museum's collections are used by students of art history, history, archaeology, numismatics, and Oriental studies.
"For generations, the Ashmolean has provided an outstanding resource for teachers, students and researchers -- as well as a remarkable treasure trove and source of inspiration for visitors of all ages," Oxford Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton said in a news release. With the new extensions, he said, "the special role of the Ashmolean has been secured for generations to come."
The Ashmolean first opened in 1683 to showcase collections given to Oxford University by Elias Ashmole (1617-92).
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Oxford University's Ashmolean Reopens After $100 Million Revamp
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