British Museum Accessibility

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Not many museums could legitimately be described as the best museum in the world….this is one of them. Greece, Egypt, the Middle East, the Far East, and the Americas….it’s all here. Plan on spending most of or all day here. There are 30-40 min tours of different parts of the museum going on all day. The main entrance in the front (south of the building) has a wheelchair lift and then entrance in the back (north of the building) is level access.

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Is there an accessible entrance? Yes. The main entrance is on Great Russell Street, south of the building. There is a wheelchair lift to the right of the 12 steps.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? Push and pull door.

Is there an alternate entrance? Yes. There is another entrance is on Montague Place, north of the building. It has level access.
Is the door push/pull, revolving, automated by a button, or motion activated? Push and pull door.

Where is the closest place that cars/taxis can drop-off people? On Montague Place, north of the building. The door is about 15 m away.

What are the nearby tube stations?  Tottenham Court Road (300m), Holborn (500m), Russell Square (800m), Goodge Street (800m)

What bus lines pass nearby? Lines 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 59, 68, 73, 91, 98, 134, 168, 188, 242, 390

Are there cobblestones or hills leading to the entrance? Flat and smooth.

What percentage of the attraction can be viewed without having to go up steps? 95% using the various elevators.

Which parts are not accessible? Galleries 6 and 33b have steps.

Are there loaner wheelchairs? There are loaner wheelchairs and portable stools.

Is there an accessible bathroom? Yes
Is the door wide enough for a wheelchair? Yes
Are there grab bars? Yes
Is there a space to position a wheelchair next to the toilet? Yes

Are there guided tours that don’t have to go up stepsYes. The 90 min guided Tour A is at 10:30 and 15:00. The 90 min guided Tour B at 13:00. There is also 90 min audio guide (English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, and Mandarin) of the Top 50 highlights. 30-40 minute free “eyeOpener” tours of different parts of the museum occur throughout the day.

Does advance notice need to be given for…
…handicapped parking? Yes, call +44 (0)20 7323 8299 to gain access to one of the 4 spots. They are about 60 m away from the entrance.
…opening of an accessible entrance? No
…loaner wheelchairs? Reservations are possible. Call +44 (0)20 7323 8299
…accessible tours? No

Is there a discount for someone with a disability and/or their companion? Free for all.

Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30 daily
How many hours do most able-bodied tourists spend there on their first visit? 3-8 hrs, 5 hrs avg

Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8000 or +44 (0)20 7323 8299

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