Contact Details

History of Science Museum
Broad Street

Access Enquiries:

History of Science Museum

01865 277293

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Floor Plans

Floor plan (6,160kb)

History of Science Museum

Home to exhibitions and a leading collection of scientific instruments.

The basement exhibition spaces in the museum are accessible via an external platform lift. All other areas of the museum, including the main entrance and shop, can only be accessed via stairs. The internal staircase is very old with wide wooden steps. The museum has recently fitted a continuous handrail on the right (ascending), with a second handrail on the left coming by summer 2019. The text on a few displays is small and there is low lighting in some areas of the museum.



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There is no car parking at the Sheldonian Theatre. There are five nearby Blue Badge parking spaces on Broad Street, and two on Parks Road. In addition there is pay and display standard parking on Broad Street.

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  (10,731kb)

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The main entrance to the museum is off Broad Street, up a flight of steps with no nosing and a small lip. Once you are up these stairs, pass through a pair of double glass doors to enter the museum. These doors are manual, but one side is usually held open during the day.

Visitors requiring level access should follow the signs directing them around the left hand side of the building, and through a narrow archway into the courtyard area of the Sheldonian. There is a platform lift on your right which will take you down to the level entrance. The lift is staff-operated only, so please use the buzzer to alert museum staff, and someone will come and help you. Alternatively, you can call 01865 277 293 during opening hours. The lift is quite small, so you will need to reverse out of a narrow space at the bottom.

The door of the level access entrance is a single door with no visual panel, which is operated using a swipe card. Museum staff will open it for visitors needing to use this entrance. Visitors will also need to alert a member of museum staff when they want to leave the museum and return to street level!

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Information desk

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The information desk is on the ground floor and can only be reached by stairs. As you come through the main entrance doors the information desk and shop are on the right hand side.

There is no lowered section of the information desk; there is an induction loop in place.

There are always gallery attendants located throughout the museum available to help visitors and answer questions.   

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Accessible toilets

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The accessible toilet is on the basement level. It is reached through the small basement gallery (B on floor plan) opposite the exit from the Special Exhibitions Gallery (C). Please see floor plan for details.

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hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There is a fixed hearing loop on the main museum reception desk.  A portable loop is available for use in the education room and the entrance gallery.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Term time

Monday - Closed
Tuesday-Sunday - 12.00-17.00

The History of Science Museum Library is open by appointment only; for further information please contact

Vacation time

Same as above


Information on special closures appears on the museum's homepage at


Inaccessible areas

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The ground and first floors of the museum are inaccessible for those visitors who require level access. 


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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Manual
Direct contact to reception Intercom
Number of floors 3
Accessible toilets 1
Lift to all floors No
Hearing support system Yes