ACCESS

We are committed to providing full and equal access to Ashmolean spaces, collections and experiences for everyone.

We understand that access needs are broad and diverse and can include physical, sensory, emotional, intellectual and financial needs.

OPENING TIMES & QUIETER TIMES

We are open every day 10am-5pm. Open until 8pm on the last Friday of the month.

We are often quieter from 10-11am and 4-5pm if you like to visit when fewer people are around.

CHARGES

Admission to the Ashmolean is free. 

We charge for special exhibitions. We offer free tickets for companions and carers of people with additional needs visiting the special exhibitions.

BLUE BADGE PARKING

There are nine designated Blue Badge parking spaces within easy reach of the museum: three spaces directly outside the museum, three more opposite the museum close to the Randolph Hotel, two spaces on St Giles' and one space on St John's Street. These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

LEVEL ACCESS & LIFTS

There is a level access route from the pavement outside the museum to the front door.

There are lifts to all floors and level access to all public spaces, including galleries, shop, café, restaurant and to most of the study rooms.

ACCESSIBLE TOILETS

Accessible toilets are on the lower ground floor and Floor 4.

Download our floor plan with accessible toilets marked.

INDUCTION LOOPS

There are induction loops in the Lecture Theatre and at the Information Desk.

BORROW A WHEELCHAIR

Free wheelchairs are available to borrow at the front door. Just ask when you arrive.

ASSISTANCE DOGS

Assistance dogs, and assistance dogs in training, are welcome. Water bowls for dogs are available in the café on the Lower Ground Floor – just ask and our staff will be happy to help.

PLACES TO SIT

Portable folding stools are available around the museum for people to pick up and use. There are benches and armchairs in some galleries. We are gradually introducing more seating into the galleries - a mixture of seats to support a variety of needs.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, view our full Access Guide 

Download our Access Policy and Plan to find out more about our philosophy and approach.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Visitor Experience Team

PROGRAMMES FOR PEOPLE WITH ADDITIONAL NEEDS

Many of our regular public programmes are welcoming and accessible for people with a variety of needs, or can easily be adapted to meet different needs.

We also run a number of events specifically designed for visitors with additional needs. eg relaxed openings, free hands-on sessions for blind and partially sighted peope and free BSL signed tours for deaf and hearing impaired people. We organise bespoke visits for groups on request.

To find out more, please contact the Learning Department.

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