Plan your visit


Winners of the Museums + Heritage Visitor Welcome Award 2022


Our Museum is free to visit and we welcome donations. We look forward to welcoming you.

  LIFT OUT OF ACTION: our lift which offers disabled, level access to the Basement only — is temporarily out of action

   What to See & Do

Plan your visit with our Spotlight Stories guide and latest displays — and have a quick browse of our souvenir highlights

  LIFT OUT OF ACTION: our lift which offers disabled, level access to the Basement only — is temporarily of out action

   Staying Safe

We have simple safety measures in place to help you relax and enjoy your visit
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It's free to visit & we recommend pre-booking to guarantee entry at busy times.

Groups of 8+ people need to book in advance.


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There are no public toilets in the Museum.

Disabled level access lift icon (purple)

Our lift, which allows disabled access to the Basement Gallery only, is temporarily OUT OF ORDER. We apologise about the inconvenience.

Please ask our team for assistance.


More information on our FAQs page

   Opening Times & Directions

Opening Times Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Last admission: 4.45pm. Free entry. Donations welcome


We're open Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5pm. Last admission: 4.50pm


You'll find us in the heart of historic Oxford on Broad Street, next to the Sheldonian Theatre

We recommend booking a ticket to guarantee entry


Travelling by car
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Park and Ride

Daytime parking in central Oxford is limited. 

If you're visiting us from outside the City, our Council encourages you to use one of the five Park & Ride services.

There’s one located at each of the main roads into the City and they run frequent bus services into the City Centre.

Car and Coach parks

The main car park and coach park for the City is on Oxpens Road — check the Oxford City Council website for details of all city-centre parking.

Coaches are able to drop off and pick up in Broad Street; we advise groups travelling in a minibus to use the Park & Ride.

For cars, there is pay-and-display parking close to the Museum in Broad Street, Mansfield Road, and Blackhall Road. 

Take a look at the Oxfordshire County Council website to find out about on-street parking in Oxford.

Useful links

Oxford Park and Ride

Car parks around Oxford

On-street parking in Oxfordshire

Oxford Bus Station



Travelling by public transport
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Bus station

If you're coming to Oxford by bus, we're about 10 minutes' walk from the bus station.

Railway stations

There are two railway stations serving Oxford:

We're about 15 minutes' walk from Oxford station, where there are also bus stops and a taxi rank.

Oxford Parkway
We're about an hour's walk from Oxford Parkway, so we do recommend using the Park and Ride bus service or a taxi (unless you feel like stretching your legs!).

Useful links

Oxford railway station

Oxford Parkway

Oxford Parkway: Park & Ride


Visitors with special needs
Disabled level access

Access for visitors with special needs

If you have special needs — or you are a carer for a visitor with additional needs — take a look at our Access Guide to the Museum.

There are also Access Guides to all the University Galleries, Libraries and Museums on the University website.

We’re here to help, so do get in touch with us if you need more information before planning your visit:


Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277293

Useful links

Access Guide to the History of Science Museum

Access Guides to the University Galleries, Libraries and Museums



Get in touch
Top Gallery, History of Science Museum, University of Oxford

Where to find us

History of Science Museum
Broad Street

How to contact us


Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277293

Useful links

Gardens, Libraries and Museums at the University of Oxford

Daily Info: Museums in Oxford