Ashmolean to open 7 days a week in 2019

The Ashmolean will open to the public seven days a week from 1 February 2019.

The museum will no longer be closed to the public on Mondays, bringing the Ashmolean’s opening hours into line with other national museums and allowing more visitors to access the world-renowned collections and temporary exhibitions.

From 1 February 2019 people will also be welcomed through a renovated main entrance, which will include a new revolving door and improved accessible doors.

Dr Xa Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, said: "Being open and accessible is absolutely key to the Ashmolean’s mission so the extension of our opening hours and improvements to the main entrance are vital. It is especially good news that we can announce seven-day opening for the tenth anniversary of the Ashmolean’s major redevelopment in 2009."

The renovation of the main entrance will take place between 19 November 2018 and 31 January 2019. During this period visitors will be able to access the museum from the Beaumont Street forecourt via a temporary entrance, which will open into the Egypt wing.

The new door and Monday openings will be in place for the landmark exhibition, Jeff Koons at the Ashmolean (7 February–9 June 2019).