The Ashmolean Museum

Oxford Colleges and Museums:

Loans in North America

Pieces from the vast collections of Oxford Colleges, Libraries and Museums are often loaned to museums around the world. Here are some pieces you can see in North America. Please note that some loans are subject to change without notice, and that our office attempts to keep this information as accurate and up-to-date as possible.



The Moon: A Voyage Through Time


Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada 
9 March 2019 through 18 August 2019

Since the dawn of civilization, the moon has captivated cultures. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, The Moon: A Voyage Through Time explores our enduring fascination with this enchanting orb in the sky and looks at the role it has played in faith, science, and the arts across the Muslim world and beyond. Interactive devices, displays, and installations invite us to observe and imagine the moon in new ways.

Four objects from the History of Science Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


The Book of Beasts: the Bestiary in the Medieval World


J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
14 May 2019 through 18 August 2019

This Getty exhibition focuses for the first time on the bestiary, one of the great illuminated manuscript traditions of the Middle Ages, as well as its widespread influence on medieval art and culture. It will seek to reframe the bestiary as an art historical object in exceptionally visual terms. 35 of the world’s most celebrated bestiaries will be brought together, along with an array of other objects that reveal the genre’s influence.


The Bodleian is lending six medieval bestiaries.


Hearts of our People: Native American Women Artists



Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
2 June 2019 through 18 August 2019

Women have long been the creative force behind Native American art. Presented in close cooperation with top Native women artists and scholars, this first major exhibition of artwork by Native women celebrates the achievements of over 115 artists from the United States and Canada spanning over 1,000 years. Their triumphs—from pottery, textiles, and painting, to photographic portraits, to a gleaming El Camino—show astonishing innovation and technical mastery.

One object from the Ashmolean Museum will be on display in this exhibition. 


Rediscovering the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum: Early Excavations, New Finds


J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
26 June 2019 through 28 October 2019

This exhibition aims to present the wide range of artifacts unearthed at the ancient site of Herculaneum. They are to be displayed at the Getty Villa in Malibu, which was modelled after the Herculaneum site. The exhibition will present bronze and marble statuary, frescos, unopened papyri from the site, and recently excavated ivories. The Bodleian is lending a letter relating to the gift to Oxford University in 1810 by the Prince of Wales (afterwards King George IV) of a series of pencil transcripts (‘disegni’) of the papyrus rolls excavated at Herculaneum and opened and preserved at Naples, along with papers concerning the scholarly mission of Rev. John Hayter in Naples in 1801-6.


The North American Office team