As one of Oxford’s most iconic buildings, the Ashmolean Museum is a distinctive choice for a wedding venue.
The Ashmolean welcomes couples for civil ceremonies, civil partnerships and wedding receptions – you can choose to host all or just one aspect of your celebrations with us. With civil ceremonies taking place at 5.15pm, your wedding is a seamless and smooth affair in the stunning location of the world’s oldest museum.
Surrounded by the rich collections of art and archaeology and the magnificent architecture, there are countless backdrops to choose from for your photographs, leaving you with unique and lasting memories of your day.
The Mallett Gallery
Licensed for civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests, the Mallett Gallery emulates a style reminiscent of an 18th Century English Country Manor. Furnished with antique chandeliers, a Kirkman harpsichord and paintings by the Old Masters, it is a truly romantic location for your nuptials.
For larger, or more intimate, civil ceremonies the Ashmolean will be licencing further galleries towards the end of 2012 to offer more unique venues for this part of your day.
Celebrate as newlyweds with a glass of fizz in the Atrium, which features a contemporary, cascading staircase right in the heart of the new Museum – which can double-up as a natural stage for speeches or group photograph. Surrounded by galleries featuring an assortment of pieces from the collections, there are a lot of talking points and ice-breakers for guests who may not know each other well.
Make the most of the drinks reception and steal some time to have photographs of just the two of you in some of your favourite galleries – safe in the knowledge that your guests will be drinking in their surroundings as well as their fizz!
The Randolph Sculpture Gallery
Invite guests through to theRandolph Sculpture Galleryto enjoy a wedding breakfast to remember. Lined with the oldest collection of Greek and Roman sculpture in the UK, it is a beautiful backdrop for dinner.
The Vaulted Café
Continue the evening in the vaulted Café, where we can welcome bands, DJ’s or even jukeboxes. Housing an evening bar and areas of seating, everyone can enjoy the atmosphere in the vaults.
The Dining Room
Featuring a rooftop terrace, the Dining Room is available for more intimate wedding receptions. With a more contemporary feel, enjoy dinner and dancing in this modern space.
The Ashmolean has an exclusive partnership with Clerkenwell Green Event Caterers, and would be delighted to tailor the food to your tastes – their talented Chefs can create an inventive wedding feast to remember!
The Ashmolean events team are dedicated to playing their part in making your wedding day the best day of your life; so do get in touch to find out more and to arrange a personal tour of the wedding venue.