Coronavirus update: Museum closed

The Ashmolean is following government recommendations for the closure of large public venues as a means of ‘social distancing’ to minimise the risks of person-to-person transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).  The health and safety of our visitors, students, staff and volunteers is paramount so we are closing the entire building.

We will publish our re-opening date as soon as it is known.

For more information about our response, and about bookings and refunds, please visit our Closure page: Ashmolean Temporary Closure



"Packed with both unfamiliar curiosities and rarely loaned glories"

The Financial Times

★ ★ ★ ★
“A rare opportunity to witness a great artist in the making”

The Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★
“Revelatory – from the shadows of that first tentative self-portrait the splendours of one of our greatest masters emerge”

The Times

Witness the meteoric rise of Rembrandt, from his first tentative works as a teenager in his home town of Leiden, to the sublime masterpieces he produced in Amsterdam ten years later.

Beginning with his earliest known paintings, prints and drawings made in the mid-1620s, and ending at the moment he rockets to stardom in Amsterdam in the mid-1630s, this exhibition charts an astonishing transformation.

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This is the largest collection of works devoted to the young Rembrandt and includes over 30 of his paintings, and 90 drawings and prints from international and private collections.

Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to examine young Rembrandt’s work and observe his remarkable metamorphosis from insecure teenager to the greatest Dutch painter of all time.

Exhibition highlights



Timed tickets will be in operation.
Booking is strongly recommended.


Sat & Sun


Full price adult
£14.50 (peak)
£16.00 with Gift Aid

£13.50 (off-peak)
£15.00 with Gift Aid


FREE Entry
& no booking required for
  • Members
  • Under 12s
  • and University of Oxford Students


Concession rate tickets available for
  • Senior citizens
  • Those who are unemployed
  • and University of Oxford staff & alumni


Half Price tickets available for
  • Those under 25
  • Students
  • Children aged 12–17 years
  • and Art Fund Members


Disabled visitors & carers
Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility. Accompanying carers do not need a ticket and can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor.


Oxford Pass Holders
Holders of a valid Oxford Pass – Oxford’s Official Sightseeing Card – can access our special exhibitions for free. Simply present your pass at the entrance to the exhibition. For terms and conditions, and for more information, please visit the Oxford Pass website.




Membership gives you unlimited access to exhibitions, as well as members-only previews, exclusive discounts in our our shop, restaurant and café, and much more.

If you have any queries related to online ticketing, or have a problem when in the process of buying your tickets, please visit our online ticketing FAQs page.



Booking in advance is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment, and to guarantee entry at a preferred time.

Some tickets may be available on the day of your visit, but this cannot be guaranteed.

We expect the exhibition to be busiest at weekends and during school holidays.

For more information about tickets please see the 'Visiting and Tickets' section, above, or see our Ticket Information Page.



Members and Patrons of the Ashmolean will not need to book for this exhibition.

Please present your valid Membership card at the exhibition entrance. You may visit as many times as you like.



Yes, schools are very welcome to visit the exhibition in booked groups.

We offer a reduced price of £5 per person for students and teachers in booked UK school groups. Booking is essential.

Please note: Free admission is available for special schools and target schools in the City of Oxford. 

We offer teachers a complimentary pre-visit exhibition ticket.

Please contact the Learning Department to arrange your visit:



Yes. A family trail will be available from the exhibition entrance.



Yes. Access to the exhibition is via lift and the entire exhibition is wheelchair accessible. Handheld labels will be available.

There is also a level access route from the pavement outside the Museum to the front door. You can read more about Museum access at this link Ashmolean Access Guide

Disabled visitors should book a regular exhibition ticket at full or concession price, depending on eligibility. Accompanying carers do not need a ticket and can access the exhibition for free with a ticket-holding disabled visitor.



Yes, tours of the exhibition take place 3.30–4.15pm every Tuesday and Thursday. An exhibition ticket is required.

Tours are free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is required. We recommend booking an exhibition ticket in advance to avoid disappointment as these time slots (we recommend 3.15 and 3.30pm) often sell out. Please note that there is no exhibition reentry with tickets, and so you will not be able to leave the exhibition galleries after a visit earlier in the day and then reenter at the time of the tour.


Yes you can download the teachers notes for the exhibition here.

Teachers notes


To contact the Press Office please click here

Complimentary Exhibition Press Tickets are only available by prior arrangement and are granted at the discretion of the Press Office. Press Tickets are limited and priority is given to members of the media who are reviewing the exhibition. Complimentary tickets will not be available during the final two weeks of the exhibition. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will be happy to help.


The exhibition has been generously supported by

The William Delafield Charitable Trust
The Friends of the Ashmolean
The Patrons of the Ashmolean
Edward Speelman Ltd
Charles and Alison Young
Ambassador J. William Middendorf II
The Catherine Lewis Foundation
Susan and Matthew Weatherbie
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Thriplow Charitable Trust


Logo for the Michael Marks Charitable Trust








The Michael Marks Charitable Trust


Exhibition Curators

Professor Christopher Brown CBE, Director-Emeritus of the Ashmolean Museum
Ms An Van Camp, Curator of Northern European Art, Ashmolean Museum
Dr Christiaan Vogelaar, Curator of Old Master Paintings and Sculpture, Museum De Lakenhal

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