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Last update: June 2024

The Ashmolean Museum is a landmark museum and wedding venue located in the heart of Oxford, Oxfordshire, in England. Founded in 1683, it is the world's oldest public museum, making it an iconic setting for milestone celebrations. Here, amidst neoclassical architecture and galleries filled with over half a million years' worth of art and history, you can say "I do" in style. Whether you are a history enthusiast, an art expert, or an architectural aficionado, this unique wedding venue is bound to appeal to all tastes and themes.

Facilities and Capacity

The Ashmolean Museum's majestic forecourt creates an entrance to remember for couples and their wedding party. Inside, the grand staircase and its stunning gilded chandelier form the perfect backdrop for refined photo ops. This area leads your guests into the Italian Renaissance and European Art Galleries, both suitable spots for your civil ceremony or drinks reception afterwards. Reminiscent of a classic English country house, these galleries are filled with Old Master paintings and bronze sculptures. The couple has access to their own private entrance. Next, you can celebrate your reception in the contemporary Atrium. its soaring staircase creates a dramatic stage for speeches. This airy and bright space allows guests the chance to dine amongst Greek and Roman statues. Following a formal seated meal, friends and family can dance the night away or relax in the museum's vaulted café.

Services Offered

The Ashmolean Museum has been inspiring minds and sharing people’s stories since 1683. Today, the dedicated events team wants you to add your love story to the archives. An experienced in-house wedding planner will assist you at every stage of the process. They understand that every wedding is different and they are on hand to tailor your day according to your wishes and requests. An experienced team supported by an exclusive catering partner and handpicked suppliers will bring your dream celebration to life at this iconic location. The Ashmolean is suited to occasions of all kinds, from intimate ceremonies to grand entrances, regal dinner parties, and lively after-parties. This city centre venue is conveniently located and members of the team will happily recommend local hotels and accommodations in Oxford to assist your guests.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Unusual weddings
Asian wedding
Stately home
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Reviews for Ashmolean Museum

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The Sent on 20/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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
Squib Sent on 06/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

It has an air of magic about it!

The Ashmolean is a beautiful venue to work as a photographer!

You have such a vast selection of options as backdrops from the galleries, roof space as well as the wonderful frontage... You also have Oxford right outside 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!
Fiona Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Attentive staff and great entertainment

I just wanted to say how much John and I enjoyed the party last night. We love the venue, the food was delicious, the staff attentive and friendly and the DJ very good (apart from a few repetitions!).

I have to say that that floor is excellent for dancing! So more like this, please! Please extend our thanks to all involved.
Louise Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

The best day!

Everyone keeps telling me what a fun day it was, and how relaxed me and Karl looked - so definitely credit to you and the team for this!
Laura Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing venue & team

You and the team did a fantastic job and we'd love to credit that however we can (and Maciek, our photographer too, of course!)

So looking forward to our first anniversary already ;-)
Helena Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Relaxed prewedding shoot

Thank you for everything.

We were so happy with how our photographers were on the day and our pre-wedding shoot, and the final results . Plus they are good value compared to a lot of people we looked at and not at all pushy so we would love you to promote them however you can!

We had the best day at the Ashmolean and have a beautiful album of photographs which we'll treasure forever.
Joanna Sent on 01/07/2020
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Fabulous complimentary anniversary meal

Just a quick thanks to say we had a lovely time last night for our complimentary meal. The food was great and service excellent.

On another note, there are so many nice Ashmolean wedding photos! We loved flicking through and reliving our special day - thank you again for all your hard work.
That Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Masters of guest experience

It is an amazing event experience and one of the best spaces in the UK, we are exceptionally lucky to have such a gem in Oxford.

The Ashmolean events team and all of the museum staff are an exceptional group and are masters at the art of supplying a seamless experience for guests attending events. They are totally guest-focused, thoughtful in their approach and take care of their guests and us whilst onsite.
Nicola Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Claire Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Flowers Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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!
Zaki Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Becky Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Inhouse 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!
Muddy Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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.
Dale Sent on 01/07/2020
5 out of 5 rating

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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