Donate / Gardens, Libraries, Museums and Collections Giving to the Ashmolean The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology houses the University’s extensive collections of art and antiquities. Established in 1683, it is Britain’s oldest public museum and one of the oldest museums in the world. In November 2009, the Ashmolean opened to the public following a £61 million redevelopment, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Award-winning architect Rick Mather has created a light, spacious building that has provided 100% more display space, four temporary exhibition galleries, full environmental controls, a new education centre, and state-of-the-art conservation facilities. The Ashmolean now has a world-class building to match its world-class collections. Help the Ashmolean Museum do more in 2016 Help the Ashmolean Museum protect their world-class collections and do more to inspire all visitors. Your support is extremely important. Watlington Hoard – Acquisition Appeal Watlington Hoard – Acquisition Appeal. Purchase of museum artefact.