Friends of the Ashmolean

The Friends of the Ashmolean Museum play an active and important role within the Museum. Members are entitled to free entry to exhibitions and we organise a wide variety of activities throughout the year.

As a Friend you can enjoy a range of benefits and behind-the-scenes activities. Your support will help to fund the preservation, conservation and expansion of the Museum's collections as well as scholarly research, education programmes and public exhibitions.

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Benefits of membership

  • Free entry to all the Ashmolean's paying exhibitions
  • Three activities programmes a year within the Museum, in Oxford and around Britain. Follow these links for the current Winter 16/17 programme of events and the Spring 2017 programme.
  • Free copies of The Ashmolean Magazine and What's On posted to you
  • 10% discount in the Café and in the Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant*
  • 10% discount in the Ashmolean Shop*
  • E-newsletters and invitations to exclusive members' events

* Please note that these discounts are offered at the discretion of the Ashmolean Museum Shop and Benugo Ltd, and may be subject to change. The discounts for the Café and Ashmolean Rooftop Restaurant do not include alcoholic beverages.

Membership rates

  • £38 individual
  • £55 joint (living at the same address)
  • £700 life individual
  • £1000 life joint (living at the same address)

Receive a 10% discount on your first year�s membership fee when you sign up by annual Direct Debit.

Gift membership is also available at the above rates. Friends can bring up to two children under the age of 18 free of charge to exhibitions. Complimentary tickets for young people aged 12–17 are available from the ticket desks on presentation of a membership card. Children under 12 are eligible for free entry to all exhibitions and do not require a ticket.

How the Friends currently support the Museum

  • By enriching the Museum's collections through grants towards acquisitions
  • By enabling others to share the collections
  • By maintaining the research excellence of the Museum
  • By supporting the outstanding Education Programme
  • By contributing to the Museum's Annual Appeal

The Merger with the Museum

Follow this link for details of the merger with the Museum.

Contact the Friends


If you have any queries please contact us:

  • For Membership and lost cards,
  • For Activities, .

Please note that the office is largely staffed by volunteers and all queries are answered as soon as possible.

Join the Friends

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