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Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

One of our approved venues for marriages and other civil ceremonies.

Set amongst Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean Museum is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership, celebrant-led non-religious celebration, vow renewal, or commemorative life events.

The neoclassical architecture, iconic entrance, grand sweeping staircases, and opulent galleries offer stunning and romantic backdrops.

Our galleries are licenced to hold daytime or evening ceremonies and when the museum is closed it can be exclusively yours for a ceremony, celebratory reception, sumptuous dinner, and dancing.

The Ashmolean's friendly and passionate team of experienced wedding and event managers are available to listen and consult with you, and offer practical advice to help you plan your special day. As well as recommend trusted partners from our handpicked list of suppliers and creatives.

Contact us for a chat or to book a virtual or in-person show round.

Services and facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Cloakroom
  • Confetti allowed
  • Dance floor
  • Dressing room
  • Exclusive use of venue
  • Heating
  • In-house catering
  • In-house DJ / band
  • In-house wedding planner
  • Licensed bar
  • Listed building
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Outdoor ceremony option
  • Play room for children
  • Webcasting facility

We pride ourselves in making sure you and your guests have an unforgettable time creating memories that last a lifetime. We understand that planning the perfect day needs an expert hand which is why we offer a dedicated wedding planner who will support you every step of the way and be there on the day to ensure everything goes to plan.

The Ashmolean houses half a million years of art and history, which means our galleries, create a wealth of opportunities for photography. We offer engagement shoots or pre-event photography sessions. We can offer expert guides and access to special exhibitions should you wish to add something different for your guests on the day or for the duration of your wedding festivities.

Over the years, we have developed a network of handpicked and trusted suppliers who feel the same way as we do about weddings. We work with outstanding florists, photographers, lighting, music and entertainment creatives and professionals who understand your ideas and our spaces who will make your occasion even more special.

Rooms and capacity

  • European Art Gallery (100)
  • Greek and Roman Sculpture Gallery (200)
  • Atrium (900)
  • Cast Gallery (50)
  • 67 licenced galleries with various themes and capacities

Getting here

By car

Follow all signs to Oxford City Centre, if using SatNav our postcode (OX1 2PH) brings you directly to the front door. A map of local parking is available on request.

By train

From the railway station, turn left and follow Hythe Bridge Street until it turns into Beaumont Street. Follow Beaumont Street to the end, where the Museum is on your left.

By coach or bus

From the bus station, turn left on to George Street and follow this to the crossroads with Magdalen Street East. Turn left and walk past the shops to another crossroads - where the Museum is directly in front of you.


Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology
Beaumont Street