Ashmolean Museum

Home to collections of art and archaeology.

All areas of the museum, restaurant are fully accessible, as well as all public areas of the cast gallery.  The museum occasionally runs interpreted tours for visitors with visual and hearing impairments; please follow this link for more information.  There are also three manual wheelchairs which can be borrowed from the right hand side of the main entrance; please talk to the staff on the door for assistance.



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The museum has no on-site parking spaces of its own, but there are two city-owned Blue Badge spaces just in front of the museum on Beaumont Street, as well as plenty on St Giles.  Both of these streets also have Pay and Display spaces. 

Oxford city center blue badge parking map (725kb)



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The museum is set back from the road, and reached via a wide flight of stone steps leading to a terrace.  The steps have no nosings, but do have a handrail on either side and in the middle.  For level access, there is a ramp available.  Turn left at the bottom of the steps through the stone arch labelled ‘Ashmolean Museum’ and follow the ramp to the top.  It is quite steep, but has a landing halfway and a handrail on the left hand side.

Once you have reached the top of the steps and the terrace, the main museum access is through a revolving door ahead and to your right.  On both sides of the revolving door are standard powered doors which can be opened using the button on the right (right hand door) or left (left hand door).

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There are three main lifts in the building, all of which serve different floors, and these are colour coded to differentiate between them (although it is only the signage which is different colurs, rather than the lifts themselves!).  On the ground floor, the blue lift is located off Gallery 10 (China to AD 800), and covers all floors except 3M.  The pink lift is in Gallery 16 (The Greek World), and covers all floors except 4.  The yellow lift is located in Gallery 23 (Dynastic Egypt and Nubia) and only covers -1, G, 2, and 3M.  All lifts have tactile buttons and audio information. 

Please note that Galleries 62-67 can only be accessed via the pink and yellow lifts.  To get to the special exhibitions space on floor 3, you must use the blue lift. 

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Standard toilets

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There are four sets of standard toilets (with baby changing facilities), one each on the third and fourth floors, and two in the basement.  On the basement and fourth floors, they are located in the same place as the accessible toilets (see the section below for details).  On the third floor, they are near to the entrance of the exhibition gallery. 


Accessible toilets

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There are three accessible toilets in the building, one on the fourth floor, and two in the basement.  On the fourth floor, the accessible toilet is directly opposite the lift.  On the basement floor, one accessible toilet is just off the ‘Exploring the Past’ gallery.  The simplest way to get there will be to exit the blue lift, go through ‘Contemporary Art’ (past the stairs), and the accessible toilet will be on your left hand side.  To reach the other accessible toilet in the basement, exit the yellow lift. The toilets are across the foyer opposite the café.

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hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a fixed hearing loop located in the Headley Lecture Theatre.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Tue–Sun 10.00-17.00
Mon (Bank Holiday only) 10.00–17.00

Ashmolean Shop
Tue-Sun 10.00–17.00
Mon (Bank Holiday only) 10.00–17.00

Ashmolean Café
Tue-Sun 10.00–16.30
Mon (Bank Holiday only) 10.00-16.30

Ashmolean Dining Room
Tue, Wed, Thu & Sun 10.00-16.30
Fri & Sat 10.00-22.00

The Eastern Art Study Room
Tue–Fri 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–16.30

Western Art Print Room
Tue-Sat 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00

Inaccessible areas

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Good news – there aren’t any!

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Level
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to reception No
Number of floors 5
Accessible toilets 3
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes