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.
What to See & Do
Plan your visit with our Spotlight Stories guide and latest displays — and have a quick browse of our souvenir highlights
We have simple safety measures in place to help you relax and enjoy your visit
It's free to visit & we recommend pre-booking to guarantee entry at busy times.
Groups of 8+ people need to book in advance.
There are no public toilets in the Museum.
Our lift allows disabled access to the Basement Gallery only.
Please ask our team for assistance.
Opening Times & Directions
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
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.
On-street parking in Oxfordshire
If you're coming to Oxford by bus, we're about 10 minutes' walk from the bus station.
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.
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!).
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
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Tel: +44 (0) 1865 277293
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