Ashmolean Museum to close till August

The Ashmolean Museum is due to close for a year while major redevelopment takes place.

The museum, founded in 1683, is the UK’s oldest public museum, and its collections range from Bronze Age tools to drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael.

Rick Mather, an award winning architect, has designed a new building that doubles the existing gallery space and features 39 new galleries, a new education centre, and Oxford’s first roof-top cafe.

The museum will reopen in Autumn 2009.