Ashmolean Museum


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Displaying half a million years of art and history, the Ashmolean Museum can be hired exclusively to provide a stunning backdrop for weddings and celebrations.

We pride ourselves in making sure that couple and their guests have an unforgettable time creating memories that last a lifetime. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. The Ashmolean is a Grade 1 listed building with an impressive exterior made up of a majestic forecourt and a neo-classical façade, including stone pillars and a portico, which can be uplit in the evenings. These breathtaking features, together with the Museum’s original doors, create an entrance to remember.

Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue in the heart of Britain’s cultural heritage. Its city centre location make it a landmark of the City. Its proximity to convenient transport routes and with five star and boutique hotels within walking distance make it the ideal venue for weddings, civil partnership or celebration.

All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer exclusive, intimate ceremonies with any backdrop, through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment.

The grand staircase and its stunning gilded chandelier lead into the Italian Renaissance and European Art Galleries for the ceremony or drinks reception. Reminiscent of an English country house, these galleries are filled with Old Master paintings and marble sculpture. The couple also has access to their own private entrance. The contemporary Atrium features a soaring staircase, which creates a dramatic stage for speeches. The couple and guests can then dine amongst Greek and Roman statues before dancing until late or relaxing in the Museum’s Vaulted Café.

Ashmolean Museum at a Glance

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Price Range
£600 - £4600
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City Centre
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Same-Sex Weddings
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Up to 152
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Reception Capacity
Up to 900
Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies at any time through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment. We understand that every wedding is different which is why our expert team are on hand to tailor your day. An experienced team supported by an exclusive catering partner and handpicked suppliers will bring your dream celebration to life. Celebrate the occasion in the contemporary Atrium; its soaring staircase creates a dramatic stage for speeches, dine amongst Greek and Roman statues before dancing until late or relaxing in the Museum’s vaulted Café. Whether it is a tasting session, specially curated menus to suit all dietary needs, clever wine pairings, creative menu and table design - no detail is too small to consider on your perfect day. Pricing Category : ModerateMinimum Price : 600Bridal Suite : No Bridal SuiteHistoricCity Hotel / City VenueNumber of People In Team : 8 View More
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We offer a dedicated wedding planner to be there on the day to ensure everything goes to plan. We offer couples a complimentary anniversary dinner with fizz in the Ashmolean’s Rooftop Restaurant. We also offer couples who book their evening reception a complimentary tasting with our exclusive caterer as well as a case of Champagne delivered to their door after their special day.

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Ashmolean Museum Reviews

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The Cocktail Service
Prestigious Museum
Having such a beautiful and prestigious museum so close to us is fantastic, and working at the Ashmolean is always a pleasure for our team. Working in such a unique venue is something the team really enjoy, and the events are always so much fun to work at. We look forward to the next event at the Ashmolean
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Squib Photo
It has an air of magic about it!
The Ashmolean is a beautiful venue to work as a photographer!

There is a vast selection of options as backdrops from the galleries, roof space as well as the wonderful frontage...Oxford is on your doorstep too to wonder off with couples. It has an air of magic about it and the team work perfectly around the public access to set up ready for the couple's wedding day!

It's a little different to a typical wedding venue and I think that's its charm!
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Archer Yates Events
Inspiring surroundings
We’ve organised a number of wonderful dinners at the Ashmolean where great service, top quality food, inspiring surroundings and engaging curators and archivists, work together to ensure a memorable evening is enjoyed by all. Would highly recommend.
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Dale Stephens (Photographer)
Opportunities for great photographs are endless!
The Ashmolean Museum is a great and historic place for your wedding to take place in Oxford.

The staff are welcoming and extremely attentive to your needs. They will also ensure that your wedding suppliers have everything they need to ensure that your day will run as smoothly as possible.

Speaking as a wedding photographer, the Ashmolean Museum has to be one of the most exciting venues in Oxford to photograph a wedding. The opportunities for great photographs are truly endless!
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Muddy Stilettos
Best kept secret in Oxford!
Muddy Stilettos and the Ashmolean have partnered successfully on several occasions, most recently when they hosted our annual Muddy Stilettos Awards in 2019.

The venue is one of the best kept secrets in Oxford and the roof top restaurant and bar have a really special ambience, with stunning views over the City.

The team on hand offer a great service in event planning, whether that be Christmas parties or corporate events and I have no doubt that the weddings will be equally successful.
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Becky at Fulton Photography
In-house coordinator was amazing!
I photographed Louise & Karl's wedding at the Ashmolean Museum. What a stunning day it was.

Stacey the wedding planner and coordinator on the day was amazing. She was so friendly, communicative and really made the day run smoothly. Anyone who works behind the scenes of a wedding knows how stressful it can be, but I really felt Stacey took that stress from me in helping with timings, organising people and made sure I had everything I needed. For me, this makes the day run without a hitch and really makes it feel like a team effort - which I love. It allowed me to focus on taking the photos and be totally in the moment, allowing me to do the best job possible.

The venue is like no other, incredible, grand and unusual backdrops which make the memories and photos so unique. The natural lighting of the spaces is just stunning - a dream for photographers. I felt so looked after on the day, being served with incredible food to boot. It wasn't just the day that was brilliant, prior to the day Stacey was in touch with me to discuss timings and plans which really helped us (along with the bride Louise) to build a plan, I love a plan. I would, without a doubt highly recommend the Ashmolean as a venue for that special occasion, it has the whole package!
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Zaki Charles Photography
Top 10 Wedding Venue in Oxfordshire
Stacey, Marie and the whole team at the Ashmolean are such a pleasure to work with. Genuinely lovely people with razor sharp attention to detail.

We are excited to work more with the Ashmolean over the coming years as they continue to grow their impressive wedding portfolio.

This is a venue that really needs to be seen in person. It’s in our top 10 wedding venues in Oxfordshire for sure.
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Flowers by Kirsty
So much creative scope!
We are totally honoured and privileged to be one of the Ashmolean Museum's recommended suppliers.

The historical building is an incredible space to work in and every wedding or event the team hosts totally blows me away. There is so much creative scope as a florist to work with at the venue, it's an absolute treat!

The team are very professional and friendly, nothing is too much for them. I would highly recommend the Ashmolean Museum. You will not regret booking a wedding or event within these magnificent walls!
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Claire Gould at English Wedding Blog
Timeless wedding venue
I just love the Ashmolean’s vibe as a unique, eclectic and timeless wedding venue. The place is breathtaking, with such an awe inspiring sense of history and space.

It’s an incredible place to get married and I recommend it to all couples in the area looking for somewhere really special to celebrate their weddings!
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Nicole at Hanami Dream
Maximum impact with minimal effort!
There doesn’t seem to be anything that is too much to ask of this venue. They are extremely flexible to accommodate couples’ wishes for their big day.

Stacey is their amazing onsite wedding planner and she is on hand to help you through every detail and aspect of your wedding day.

This is a beautiful hidden gem of a wedding venue in Oxford. From the outside you don’t know the expanse of options that are available inside.

It provides a truly wonderful labyrinth of options to hold a wedding or special occasion.
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University of Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2PH

Ashmolean Museum

  • University of Oxford
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Oxford
  • Oxfordshire
  • OX1 2PH
  • United Kingdom

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Thanks for showing an interest in the Ashmolean Museum. We want to assure couples that we are here to offer personal, dedicated support providing no obligation quotes and as many consultations as you need. The team has decades of industry knowledge and experience with access to a real-time bookings diary and a little black book of specially selected partners to help you with your plans. Feel free to get in touch when you are ready to embark on your wedding plans. We are here to listen, support and inspire you!