We’re excited to welcome guests of all ages: if you’re bringing young visitors, we’ve got plenty to keep you entertained!

Henry Hare’s Museum Explorer Trails
Choose one of our gallery trails from our museum shop for an extra special trip!

A young boy wearing a neon yellow backpack reads a backpack clue

 

Henry Hare’s Museum Explorer Backpacks
Borrow one of our backpacks to become a museum detective! Use the clues and cards to uncover Oxford’s exciting history!

 

Sensory Backpacks

Light blue backpack, lion puppet, fidget toys, stopwatch, magnifying glass, stopwatchOur sensory backpacks have everything you might need to help you enjoy our museum: ear defenders for when it gets noisy, a mini torch for when it’s hard to see, a magnifying glass for little details, an animal puppet to keep you company and a timer for making sure you can see everything you want to!

 

A small boy wearing a bowler hat and a tweed suit stands beside the Capes counter

Capes Counter
Drop by our Capes Counter and measure yourself up for the latest in Victorian fashion!

 

Three small children dig in the archaeology pit

Archaeology Pit
Help us to uncover the past with our mini excavation pit: who knows what you’ll find!

 

Craft At Home
Can’t make it to the museum? No problem: check out our museum tiktok for some historical crafts you can try at home!

Holiday Fun
We hold family events every holiday and half term – check out our What’s On page to see what’s coming up next!

FAQs

Are you accessible for guests with SEND?
We do our absolute best to make all our guests feel welcome- however, we are constantly improving! If there is anything we’re missing or any way we can make you feel more welcome, please let us know! Alternatively, you can call us at 01865 252 334. For further information about access at the museum, please look at our Supporting You page.

We offer a free SEND backpack to borrow at the front desk- this includes ear defenders, a fidget toy, a magnifying glass and mini torch and a puppet companion.

All guests are welcome to our workshops- we try to make our workshops as free flow as possible with less didactic activities and more freedom for guests to interact with materials and objects as they wish. We also offer relaxed sessions for our set-time events, during which sessions are longer to enable a flexible start and end time, background music is not played, more sensory activities are on offer and our Learning Studio is available as a quiet space if needed.

Do you have baby changing?

Yes! There are baby changing facilities located in the accessible toilet on the ground floor of the Town Hall.

 

Are you breastfeeding-friendly?
Yes! Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your experience more comfortable!

Do you have accessible toilets?

External image of town hall toilet entraceYes! There are accessible toilets located on the ground floor of the town hall.

 

Do you have a café?
External view of town hall cafeYes! Our café is located within the Town Hall and offers a range of hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, baguettes, cakes and other snacks. It is open 9.30am-4.00pm on weekdays and from 10.30am to 3.00pm on Saturdays.

 

Is there anywhere I can leave my pram?
You are welcome to leave your pram while you browse our museum. However, we cannot accept responsibility for prams or their contents: they are left at the owner’s risk.

 

Do you have an accessible entrance?
Level entrance at corner of St Aldates
Yes! Our accessible entrance is located on the corner of St Aldates, opposite the Sainsburys. Press the door buzzer and someone will let you in!

 

Is there lift access in the museum?
Yes! There is lift access to both our Museum Makers space and to our galleries.

 

 

Is there anywhere we can eat our picnic lunch?
Yes! Christ Church meadow is just a five-minute walk away! Alternatively, you can enjoy the Westgate’s mini-meadow: it’s free and undercover!

Westgate shopping centre meadow- a grassy area in a shopping centre

Where can we park?
There is allocated parking at the Westgate car park (just 15 minutes from the museum!), which has 30 Parent and Child designated parking spots and 50 Blue Badge bays (approx. 10-15 mins from the Museum). There are also 3 disabled parking spaces on the High Street (opposite King Edward’s street). The Park and Ride service is also available from Seacourt, Peartree, Thornhill and Redbridge Park and Ride stations.

Is there a bus stop?
Yes! There are multiple bus stops covering different routes directly outside our museum! Check here (hyperlink to oxford bus company page) to find your route!

Is there a gift shop?
Museum shop counter
Yes! Our shop staff and team of volunteers are on hand to welcome you and answer any questions you might have. Pop by the shop for historical souvenirs at pocket-money prices!

 

If you have any questions before your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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