Accessibility

The Museum welcomes everyone, and aims to make each visitor's experience as good as possible.
There is a range of facilities for visitors with additional needs. Please contact us for more specific information.

Getting here

There are three disabled parking spaces in the Museum car park available on a first come first served basis. There is also Pay and Display parking available on Museum Road opposite the Museum building.

 

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Accessible entry to the Museum

To reach the Museum's disabled entrance, head to the right-hand side of the main entrance and follow the ramp down to the level entrance. Down a short corridor on the right inside that entrance there is a lift to reach the ground floor. This route is clearly signposted, and the lift services all floors.

There are three accessible toilets at the Museum, all on the lower ground floor.

The Lecture Theatre on the first floor and the Welcome Desk at the main entrance are fitted with hearing loops.

More information, including photos of the accessible entrances and lifts, is available in our access guide.  

An audio-description introducing the museum is available here.

For information about our programme of Touch Tours for blind and partially sighted visitors, please telephone 01865 282 456, or email outreach@oum.ox.ac.uk.

Visiting with children on the autistic spectrum

Oxford University Museum of Natural History is proud of its family-friendly status, but recognises that visiting with children on the autistic spectrum can still be challenging. We hope that the resources below will help you feel more confident before your visit by providing a visual introduction to the Museum and by highlighting some of its more sensory aspects.

We recommend that you first read the About the Museum guide, which includes lots of descriptive information about the Museum and displays, and then use the Plan Your Visit guide as a tool to prepare children for their visit and give them objects to look for when they are here.

The pictures in these guides give a sense of the different spaces and displays in the Museum. Although they focus on objects and areas that are unlikely to change, please be aware that things do move around from time to time, so may not look exactly the same as they do in the pictures or from one visit to the next.

For further information or advice on visiting, please email education@oum.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 282 537.

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