In the vaulted basement of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, you will discover our café, the perfect spot for relaxing and recharging after a tour of one of the world’s oldest museums.
The first, modest collection of portraits and curiosities from the University Art Collection was put on display in the 1620s. From 1663, the Ashmolean began to draw the curious and adventurous with its eclectic, exotic and occasionally fantastic collection of art and artefacts.
Fantasy was very much a part of the 17th century approach to collecting. The museum once claimed to possess the actual, biblical Coat of Many Colours. Today the colours of Warhol and Kandinsky can be found alongside Egyptian mummies and Anglo-Saxon treasures, telling human stories across time, continents and cultures.
Under the vaults, you will find cakes and pastries baked fresh every day, a fine selection of sandwiches and salads and Benugo blend coffees and loose leaf teas.
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