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

Lost Property
Please note that we will keep lost property for three months. If it’s not claimed during the three month period, it will be donated to charity.


Visiting with Children

We regularly host family-friendly events for children and have free trails available during open hours. Help yourself to a paper trail from the Entrance Gallery and don’t forget to collect a sticker from a staff member once you’ve completed your trail!

Unfortunately, our lift is not suitable for pushchairs. If you require more information please contact us at info@mhs.ox.ac.uk [2].


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 [3].

Charged guided tours of the Museum can be arranged. Please contact the Museum at info@mhs.ox.ac.uk [4] for more information.

If you are a teacher looking for a UK curriculum orientated teaching session, please see Schools and Teachers [5].


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 [6] is available.


Gallery Plans

View the Museum’s Guide and Floor Plan [7].


Disabled Access

There is disabled lift access to the Basement Galleries (including the Special Exhibition Gallery), which is suitable for disabled visitors, but not for pushchairs. 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 [8] or by telephone on 01865 277293.


Audio Guides

We currently have an extensive audio guide in English [9] with 39 stops throughout the Museum, and shorter audio guides in 6 other languages – Arabic [10], French [11], German [11], Italian [12], Mandarin [13]and Spanish [14].

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


Museum Apps

Get more out of your visit by downloading one of our free apps.

Pocket Curator
Unlock the secrets of some of the fascinating scientific instruments on display in the Museum with this English-language app. You can listen to stories from our curators, watch animations and try the instruments yourself. The app is available for download in the Apple [15] and Google Play Stores [16].


Oxford University Museums
This app is available in Mandarin from Baidu [17], and in English from the Google Play Store [18]. It was produced as part of a joint project with students from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Use it to learn more about our collections, and those at the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Ashmolean. Find out more about the project through the Pitt Rivers’ blog post [19].


Museum Shop

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