Contact Details

Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PW

Access Enquiries:

The University Museum of Natural History

+44 (0)1865 272 950

Interactive Map

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Floor Plans

Museum Guide (2,493kb)
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University Museum of Natural History

University Museum of Natural History

While the main entrance has steps, there is an additional level entrance as well as lift access to all floors. There is level access around virtually all of the museum. There are two wheelchair accessible toilets as well as toilet facilities for ambulant disabled people. There are hearing loops installed, including one at the welcome desk. There are resources and tours available for people with a range of disabilities. The museum can become very crowded and noisy at times, especially during school holidays.

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Parking

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There are three designated parking spaces for disabled people on the museum forecourt available on a first come first served basis. The parking spaces are reached from Parks Road and are adjacent to the level entrance of the museum. The signs indicating the accessible spaces may be hard to see for some people as they are inlaid in the floor (see photo). 

There are some standard pay and display parking spaces on nearby Museum Road approximately 120 m from the level entrance. There are two public Blue Badge parking spaces on Keble Road although these are approximately 400 m from the level entrance.

Oxford City Council have produced a useful Accessible Oxford Guide which includes a map of Blue Badge parking spaces in the city centre. The Blue Badge parking map is on page 11. Please click on the link below to view the Accessible Oxford Guide.

Accessible Oxford Guide

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Entrances

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The main entrance is in the centre of the museum as you are looking at it. The very large double doors are held open in very warm weather. At other times there is a smaller doorway set within the larger doors. There is a small raised threshold here. Once inside you’ll find yourself in an entrance lobby which is also used as a pushchair store. Straight ahead there are stairs leading up to the entrance (on the left) and exit doors. Due to the age of the building the stairs are worn in places; there are no contrasting markings on the step edge. There is a central handrail. The exit door is heavy; museum staff will be happy to assist if required. 

The level entrance is to the right as you are looking at the museum and is signposted. It is located by the accessible parking spaces. From the parking spaces there is a gentle ramp down to a covered walkway. The entrance door is to the left. The door is automated and activated with a push button during museum opening hours. The door width is 99cm. Once through the entrance there are steps ahead, or a passenger lift to the right – both will take you to the ground floor of the museum.

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Reception

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As you enter the museum through the main (stepped) entrance, the welcome desk is on the left.

From the level entrance take the lift to the ground floor, then come through the shop and the welcome desk will be ahead of you.

The welcome desk is 92 cm high; there is no lowered section for wheelchair users. Staff are happy to come out from the desk to talk directly to visitors if needed. There is a hearing loop in place.

 

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Gallery spaces

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The Museum has many features and resources available for visitors:

 - Assistance dogs that are registered with Assistance Dogs UK are welcome into the Museum

 - An audio description of the Museum is available online

 - An audio guide to the Museum is available for visitors

 - A SoundPen is available for visitors

 - A tactile map is available for visitors

 - The Museum runs regular Touch Tours for blind and visually impaired visitors

 - A guide to the Museum for parents and carers with children on the autistic spectrum is available online

More information on these resources available on the Museum’s accessibility information page. Alternatively you can contact the Museum directly.

There are some interactive touchscreen displays around the galleries. These are at a height that means most wheelchair users should be able to see the screens, although some may struggle to reach all areas of the screen. While there is some knee space underneath, this is restricted by the display stand.

Ground floor

There is a large central space separated by display cases of various sizes. There is level access with a few narrower places to navigate – at the narrowest point there is a gap of only 73 cm between display cases (although an alternative route is available). For the most part there is plenty of space. There are chairs set around the gallery for visitors to use. The display cabinets are a mixture of heights; most visitors should find there are good sight lines whether standing or sitting.

There are galleries alongside three sides of the main space. These are wide and level throughout although the floor can be uneven in places. There is a small section that is up one step, although there is also ramped access.

First floor

The first floor consists of a mezzanine level with galleries around three sides of the space, and a café taking up the other side. There is lift access to the first floor as well as the north and south stairs.

The display cabinets are similar to downstairs with a mixture of heights.

There is a small gallery upstairs by the lift.  This contains some full height wall displays.

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Accessible toilets

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There is one wheelchair accessible toilet on the lower ground floor located near the level entrance – this on the right of the building as you are looking at the museum. Some people may find the lock a bit fiddly to use (see picture). 

There is also a toilet at the opposite side of the building on the lower ground floor suitable for people with ambulant disabilities. This can only be accessed via stairs or the stair lift.

In addition there is a wheelchair accessible toilet in the museum annex. The annex is not generally open to the public but is used by school groups, workshops and similar.

 

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Standard Toilets

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There are standard male and female toilets on the lower ground floor of both ends of the building. There is a non-gendered toilet at the north end of the museum – this is also suitable for ambulant disabled people.



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Hearing support system

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There is a hearing loop on the welcome desk at the main entrance.

The main ground floor court of the museum has a hearing loop that is used for talks and events.

The lecture theatre on the first floor also has a hearing loop.  

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Opening hours

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The Museum is open every day from 10am to 5pm. Entry is free, including to temporary exhibitions.

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 3
Parking nearby (within 200m) Pay and Display
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 3
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes