Facilities and access
Talk to us about access
Have a question about facilities or access at the Museum?
Call us on +44 (0)20 7942 5000
We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections.
You can hire wheelchairs for free from the cloakrooms just inside the Exhibition Road entrance, or next to the main toilets behind Hintze Hall.
As a result of ongoing work to develop the Museum, the lifts in Hintze Hall will only be serving the ground floor and basement during the closures of the first- and second-floor balconies. Otherwise, all floors in the Blue, Green and Red zones, and the Darwin Centre, are accessible by lift.
Wheelchair-accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities are clearly marked on the Museum map and floor plans.
We have a small number of parking spaces on site for Blue Badge holders. Book in advance by calling +44 (0)20 7942 5000 and asking to speak to the Security Reception team. You can access these spaces via Queen’s Gate to the west of the Museum.
There are also 12 Blue Badge parking spaces on Exhibition Road, which are managed by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and cannot be booked in advance. You can park there for four hours between 8.30 - 18.30. More information on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's website.
You can leave coats and luggage in our cloakrooms in Hintze Hall (next to the Museum Shop) and by the Exhibition Road entrance.
Please note that large and wheeled suitcases that cannot be carried must be left in the cloakrooms and paid for at the appropriate cost. This is subject to availability of space, so it is recommended that visitors avoid bringing such items if possible.
Prices per item:
Bags weighing up to 4kg: £2.50
Bags weighing more than 4kg: £5
For people with visual impairment
There are audio descriptive guides for the Treasures exhibition in the Cadogan Gallery and the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery.
Tactile and Braille books and large-print gallery guides are also available at the entrance to many of the Museum's galleries.
If you need any other assistance during your visit to the Museum our staff will be happy to help you.
Download the Treasures exhibition audio guide MP3 (33MB)
Download the Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery audio guide MP3 (43MB)
Download the Images of Nature gallery audio guide MP3 (41MB)
Download the Human Evolution gallery audio guide MP3 (72.6MB)
Download the Human Evolution gallery audio guide with orientation MP3 (94.3MB)
We welcome guide dogs at the Museum. There are grass areas for them outside and water is available on request. You can leave your guide dog with the attendants at either of our cloakrooms if you wish.
Please note that guide dogs are not allowed on our Spirit Collection Tours. If you need help with access talk to staff at the information
For people with hearing impairment
British Sign Language events
Many of our regular events are British Sign Language interpreted. These free events will give you exciting insights into our science and behind-the-scenes collections.