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Driving Tour of England's University Town Museums

Jasper James Paintings by British artists at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum

Photo: Jasper James

England's university towns have some of the country's best museums outside of London. This five-day drive takes you through pastoral landscapes and to nine superb collections—covering everything from art to zoology.

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Destinations: Bath · Norwich · Oxford · Cambridge

Inspired by: English University Museums — by Eve Glasberg, Published Apr. 2006

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    Pasta Galore

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    Fishworks

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    Quod Brasserie & Bar

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    Browns Bar & Brasserie Oxford

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    Zizzi, Cambridge

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    Holburne Museum

    The museum houses the treasures of Sir William Holburne, a 19th-century Bath collector of fine and decorative art.

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    Pitt Rivers Museum

    The Pitt Rivers Museum, one of the world's top ethnographic collections, comprises a dizzying array of objects—vitrines stuffed with shrunken heads

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    Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology

    The Ashmolean opened in 1683 as the world’s first public museum. It originated with a core group of natural history specimens that belonged to fath

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    Christ Church Picture Gallery

    Christ Church Picture Gallery nearby is a jewel box of Old Master paintings and drawings. The paintings are impressive, but it's the drawings—by Mi

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    Bate Collection of Musical Instruments

    The tight space here brims with 2,000 woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, including a Swiss alpenhorn, one of the world's largest instrume

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    Scott Polar Research Institute

    At the Scott Polar Research Institute, you can pore over exhibits relating to the Arctic and Antarctic, including Sir Ernest Shackleton's expediti

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    Museum of Zoology

    An enchanting cabinet of zoological curiosities, this University College London museum is among the city’s best-kept secrets. Housed in an Edwardia

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    Fitzwilliam Museum

    Make a beeline for the Italian paintings gallery to see the Annunciation by Domenico Veneziano, painted in the 1440's for the altarpiece of a churc

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    Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

    The newly expanded Norman Foster–designed center features a collection that spans centuries and continents: a Francis Bacon painting hangs next to

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