Arts and culture play a big part in Oxford’s life. The city has world-class museums and hosts an outstanding programme of theatre, music and entertainment.
The Ashmolean Museum traces its history back to the 17th century. Its outstanding collection of art and archaeology is now housed in a redeveloped building that features a dramatic new central atrium at its heart.
Modern Art Oxford is one of the UK’s leading museums of modern and contemporary art and has featured groundbreaking exhibitions by many of the world’s leading contemporary artists.
No visit to Oxford should miss the University of Oxford Natural History Museum and the adjoining Pitt Rivers Museum where you can see artefacts from all corners of the world and all periods in human history in their unique period displays.
Oxford has two main theatres, the New Theatre and Oxford Playhouse. The New Theatre welcomes major touring music, drama and dance productions while the Playhouse presents and produces a wide range of live performance including its annual pantomime.
There are many other smaller venues across the city that host a variety of live music performance and drama. A particular favourite in the summer is open-air drama in college gardens.