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The lift is currently out of action. The Museum apologises for any inconvenience this causes.
We are currently looking into the most appropriate long-term solution to accessibility in the Museum, and while we work to improve the situation we will be posting regular updates. (Notice posted 11/02/2017)

Visiting the Museum

Admission to the museum is free. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday with standard opening hours of 12 noon to 5pm (last admission at 4.45pm).

A page with access details provides a map, directions, and the location of the museum.

Group Visits & Tours

All groups must pre-book their visits. To book, please call 01865 277280 or email:

We are a small museum, so large groups are asked to split into smaller groups of 15 or fewer. During busy periods we may need to limit entry to one small group at a time, but all groups must still book in advance.

Please ensure adequate supervision of groups of under 18s – groups of students without adequate supervision may be turned away.

Guided tours of the Museum can be arranged. Please contact the Museum at for more information.

If you are a teacher looking for a UK curriculum orientated teaching session, please see Schools and Teachers.

EFL students at the Museum

We welcome visits from groups of EFL students from the many language schools in Oxford and throughout the UK. More information and resources for EFL group visits is available.

Gallery Plans

View the Museum Guide and Plan [pdf]

Disabled Access

The Museum’s lift is currently out of order. Please get in touch if you would like more information when planning a visit requiring disabled access by email or by telephone on 01865 277280.

Audio Guide

The museum’s Audio Guide system is currently being reviewed and is unavailable. In the meantime, the audio content can be downloaded free of charge from the Audio Guide web page or a transcript of the audio guide can be borrowed from the front desk on your way into the Museum.

Pocket Curator (Museum App)

Pocket Curator splash_screen2Unlock the secrets of some of the fascinating scientific instruments on display in the Museum with this app.

Museum Shop

There is a museum shop with a small selection of items which is open during normal museum opening hours.