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Visit the Museum

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 [1] provides a map, directions, and the location of the Museum.

Group Visits & Tours

All groups for more than 10 must pre-book their visits. For more information and to book please see the Group Visits page [2].

Charged guided tours of the Museum can be arranged. Please contact the Museum at info@mhs.ox.ac.uk [3] for more information.

If you are a teacher looking for a UK curriculum orientated teaching session, please see Schools and Teachers [4].

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 [5] is available.

Gallery Plans

View the Museum Guide and Plan [pdf] [6]

Disabled Access

There is disabled lift access to the Basement Galleries (including the Special Exhibition Gallery), which is suitable for wheelchairs, but not for buggies or others. The lift can be accessed in the Sheldonian Yard through the gate to the left of the Museum. Please get in touch if you would like more information when planning a visit requiring disabled access by email [7] or by telephone on 01865 277293.

Audio Guides

We currently have an extensive audio guide in English [8] with 39 stops throughout the Museum, and shorter audio guides in 6 other languages – Arabic [9], French [10], German [10], Italian [11], Mandarin [12]and Spanish [13].

The audio content can be listened to for free on the Museum’s website and is also available through the free wifi in the Museum. Transcripts of the audio guides can be borrowed from the front desk on your way into the Museum.

Pocket Curator (Museum App)

Pocket Curator splash_screen2 [14]Unlock the secrets of some of the fascinating scientific instruments on display in the Museum with this app [14].

Museum Shop

There is a museum shop [15] with a selection of bespoke items which is open during normal opening hours.