Join our weekend festival celebrating the Ashmolean’s early collections and our founder Elias Ashmole, who opened the museum in 1683. Tour the brand new gallery “The Ashmolean Story” detailing the history of the Ashmolean as the world’s first public museum. We are celebrating Elias Ashmole’s 400th birthday year in 17th C style. Be transported back to the 1600s during the festival weekend with period theatre, talks, quizzes and music. You might even meet Mr Ashmole!