Join the Friends of the Ashmolean

The Friends of the Ashmolean 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.

Since our foundation in 1969, the Friends are proud to have donated over £1.6 million to the Museum.

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Benefits of membership

* 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 discount for the Ashmolean Dining Room does not include alcoholic beverages.

Membership rates

  • £38 individual membership
  • £55 joint membership (living at the same address)
  • £700 Life individual membership
  • £1000 Life joint membership (living at the same address)
  • Gift Membership

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.

How the Friends currently support the Museum

  • By enriching the Museum's collections through grants towards acquisitions
  • By enabling others to share the collections, e.g. grants to the Picture Library and the external loans programme
  • By maintaining the research excellence of the Museum e.g. grants towards the curatorial functions in Western Art and the Art and Archaeology of Japan
  • By supporting the outstanding Education Programme
  • By contributing to the Museum's Annual Appeal

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If you have any queries please contact us:

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

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