Pitt Rivers Museum

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There is level access into the Pitt Rivers from the University Museum - a platform lift connects the entrance to the ground floor. There is level access throughout and lift access to all floors. To preserve the exhibits, lighting levels are kept low. Magnifying glasses and torches are available on request.

Wheelchair users may find manouvering space is tight in some areas of the museum.

The museum has a guide for visitors with disabilities which can be found here.

 

This table contains summary information about the building

On-site designated parking for Blue Badge holders Yes - 2 spaces
Public designated parking for Blue Badge holders within 200m Yes
Other nearby parking Yes - Pay and Display
Main entrance Level - via lift
Alternative entrance Yes - Level
Wheelchair accessible toilets 1
Lift Yes
Hearing support systems Yes
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There are 2 allocated parking space shared with the Natural History Museum, located in the courtyard to the left of the Natural History Museum facade.

An additional disabled parking space (Robinson Close) for the south door entrance Please call in advance 01865 270927. 

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The Pitt Rivers Museum has level access via series of lifts, from the Natural History Museum forecourt.  Alternatively there is a level access via an alternative entrance on Robinson Close.

To access the museum from the Natural History Museum forecourt, there is an alternative entrance located underneath the arches to right hand side as you view the museum. There is a lift located down the corridor the right (and then left). It’s easiest to follow the large carpets that are actually arrows!

Once you reach the lift, get out on the ground floor and once in the main Natural History Museum room turn right and follow the edge of the museum until you reach the door at the back of the museum in the centre. This is the entrance to the Pitt Rivers museum. It is easier than it sounds!

You will enter the Museum on a mezzanine level; there is a small flight of steps (complete with handrails) down to the ground floor. For those that can’t use steps there is a platform lift located to the right hand side as you enter. Staff will assist you.

 

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There is no reception as such but to the right hand side of the shop/mezzanine area is a small desk where a member of staff can be found, although you will see a member of staff on or near the doors that are always lovely and helpful!

The guides have accessible route leaflets to guide disabled users through the collection and can provide assistance to use the platform lift and provide torches and magnifying glasses where appropriate.   

There is a departmental reception desk located adjacent to the entrance on Robinson Close.

 

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Accessible toilets

There is an accessible toilet located on the right hand side and the end of the ground floor corridor adjacent to the standard toilets. To find the corridor exit the older part of the museum into the newer annexe, the corridor is on your right side.

Standard toilets

There are male and female toiles located on the right hand side and of the ground floor corridor. To find the corridor exit the older part of the museum into the newer annexe, the corridor is on your right side.

 

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There are two lifts in the museum.  The first is platform lift that takes users from the mezzanine entrance area down to the ground floor.

There is a larger passenger lift located immediately in front of you as you enter the newer extension which serves all floors.  

 

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There is a small flight of steps down to the ground floor from the main entrance, they have tactile strips and there is a central railing and both a right and left hand side railing and good lighting.

To travel between floors there is staircase located in the newer extension to the right of the lift. This staircase has tactile edging and a continuous handrail on both the left and right hand side.

 

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The Pitt rivers museum is a series of open galleries. There aren’t really any doors. To gain entry to the galleries there is a large glass door that is held open opposite the lift on each floor.

The seminar rooms have large doors but will be held open in the case of events.

The entrance at Robinson Close has a large manually operated door. This is right next to the reception desk so staff here will be able to assist if needed. The door to the library on the first floor is access controlled and manually operated. You will need to use the intercom to gain access - unfortunately this is currently too high for many wheelchair users to reach comfortably. The library will be altering this in the near future - the Access Guide will be updated once this has happened. In the meantime, please alert a member of staff either in advance, or at either entrance to the museum.

 

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On the ground floor, exhibits are arranged in display cases around three sides of the room with a broad corridor and a central exhbition cases. There is a clear wide corridoor around the outer edge. Exhibits in the side area are in large glass cases. Due to the historic nature of the building areas of the floor contain Victorian floor metal grids that may be a trip hazard for those with a mobility issue who use a walking aid such as a long cane.

In the large central area on the ground floor, exhibits are large wooden cases. Space is tight to navigate between cases, museum staff can give you a 'best route' leaflet for wheelchair users, and all visitors should be aware that it can get very crowded and noisy on busy days!  

There is also an featured exhibition space with plenty of space to move between exhibits.

There are seats available around the galleries to rest.

The main galleries upstairs follow the same pattern as those downstairs, with exhibits in tall wooden cases.  

 

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The main lecture theatre is located on the left hand side down the corridor that leads directly from the doors out of the main museum into the annexe. The furniture is flexible and the doors will be held open for events and teaching.

 

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There is a large seminar space located in the room at the end of the corridor to the left as you enter the annexe from the museum (past the toilet blocks). There is a large table and chairs and a small kitchenette.

 

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The Balfour Library is on the first floor of the museum. Most visitors to the library use the museum’s secondary entrance on Robinson Close (reached from South Parks Road) and there is also one accessible parking space here. Please contact in advance to book. There is a large manually operated door here. This entrance is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm and has a reception that is staffed during these hours. Once inside there is level access to a passenger lift. The lift has a wide doorway, is spacious inside, has grab rails, tactile buttons, and audio and visual information. There are also stairs with contrasting markings on the edges, and continuous hand rails both sides.

You can also access the library by coming through the University Museum to the main entrance to the Pitt Rivers. Please note that if you require step free access you will need to use the platform lift at the Pitt Rivers entrance to get down to the ground floor, and then the passenger lift to get up to the library.  This is a longer route but but can be used if you need to use the accessible parking in front of University Museum (please note that the University Museum opening hours do not alway coincide with the library's). 

The entrance to the library on the first floor is access controlled. You will need to use the intercom to gain access - unfortunately this is currently too high for many wheelchair users to reach comfortably. The library will be altering this in the near future - the Access Guide will be updated once this has happened. In the meantime, please alert a member of staff either in advance, or at either entrance to the museum.

The door to get into the library is manually operated. Once inside you will see some of the collection on shelves in the corridor ahead of you. The first room to the right contains the main collection, as well as the library information desk. The books are on sliding stacks - staff will be happy to help if you are unable to operate these, or if you are unable to reach the books that are high up. There are also 2 desks available for use here - these are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath.

There is a small reading room which has desk space as well as more of the library collection. The desks are not height adjustable although there is unobstructed kneehole space underneath. If this room is in use there is alternative working space available in the central research rooms. This must be arranged with a member of staff as the research rooms have secure access.

The library has an accessible toilet.

 

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The gift shop area is on the mezzanine as you pass through the main entrance. Space between the merchandise could be tight for some wheelchair users, and the counter is at waist height.

 

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There is an induction loop facility in the Shop and Information point and in the lecture theatre.

The museum doesn’t have any adapted furniture although there sporadic resting chairs around the galleries.

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Contact details


South Parks Road
Oxford
OX1 3PP

 

Access enquiries


prm@prm.ox.ac.uk
01865 270 927

 

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