Pitt Rivers Museum

World leading collections of anthropology and archaeology.

This building is fully accessible. Due to the nature of the exhibits the space is kept darkened, magnifying glasses and torches are available for any visitor.

The original cases are also tightly laid out and some wheelchair users might find the spaces between tight.  The museum has made a guide for those with disabilities and can be found here.

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Parking

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There are 2 allocated parking space shared with the Natural History Museum, located in the courtyard to the left of the Natural History Museum facade.

An additional disabled parking space (Robinson Close) for the south door entrance Please call in advance 01865 270927. 

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Entrances

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The Pitt Rivers Museum has level access via series of lifts, from the Natural History Museum forecourt.  Alternatively there is a level access via an alternative entrance on Robinson Close.

To access the museum from the Natural History Museum forecourt, there is an alternative entrance located underneath the arches to right hand side as you view the museum.  There is a lift located down the corridor the right (and then left).  It’s easiest to follow the large carpets that are actually arrows!

Once you reach the lift, get out on the ground floor and once in the main Natural History Museum room turn right and follow the edge of the museum until you reach the door at the back of the museum in the centre. This is the entrance to the Pitt Rivers museum.  It is easier than it sounds!

You will enter the Museum on a mezzanine level; there is a small flight of steps (complete with handrails) down to the ground floor. For those that can’t use steps there is a platform lift located to the right hand side as you enter.  Staff will assist you.

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Lifts

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There are two lifts in the museum.  The first is platform lift that takes users from the mezzanine entrance area down to the ground floor.

There is a larger passenger lift located immediately in front of you as you enter the newer extension which serves all floors.  

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Accessible toilets

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There is an accessible toilet located on the right hand side and the end of the ground floor corridor adjacent to the standard toilets. To find the corridor exit the older part of the museum into the newer annexe, the corridor is on your right side.

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Standard toilets

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There are male and female toiles located on the right hand side and of the ground floor corridor. To find the corridor exit the older part of the museum into the newer annexe, the corridor is on your right side.

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Hearing support system

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There is an induction loop facility in the Shop and Information point and in the lecture theatre.

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Opening hours

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Opening times

Museum:
Monday 12:00-16:30
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00- 16:30
Bank Holiday Monday 10:00- 16:30

Term time

Balfour Library:
Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00

Vacation time

Balfour Library:
Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

Closed

Please check the website for Christmas and Easter opening times.

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Inaccessible areas

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Good news there aren’t any!

That said, some wheelchair users may find the spacing of exhibition cases quite tight on the ground floor. The museum had a guide for disabled users:  http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/pdf/Access.pdf

Due to the historic nature of the building areas of the floor contain Victorian floor metal grids that may be a trip hazard for those with a mobility issue who use a walking aid such as a long cane.

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