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Museum Access

We know that some of our visitors will have concerns about gaining museum access to the Cast Gallery and its collection. We want everyone to be able to access our collection and activities, and to enjoy their visit. We hope the information on this page will help visitors with physical, sensory and learning disabilities.

If there is something you feel we could improve or if you have a question which is not answered here, please do get in touch. If you require personalised assistance, we will do our very best to provide it.

Tel.     +44 (0)1223 330402
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If for any reason, you find our staff are not able to answer your enquiry with the information that you need, please ask to be put in touch with the Curator, Dr Susanne Turner. Please mention your preferred method of contact, too, so that we can ensure we meet your needs.

 

We have updated this page to include newly-introduced Covid Safety Measures which might impact your visit in bold below. There is an opportunity to indicate any access needs when you book your ticket.

 

Location

  • The Museum is located on the first floor of the Faculty of Classics, in the University of Cambridge's Sidgwick Site.
  • There are pedestrian and vehicle entrances to the Sidgwick Site from Sidgwick Avenue. Sidgwick Avenue is a tree-lined street with uneven and narrow pavements in places.
  • There is level, paved access to the building itself with a dropped curb in front of the building
  • Disabled access to the Museum is via a separate entrance and lift.
  • The Cast Gallery, our main display space, is on one level and is a wide and open space, with minimal obstructions.

Download the accessibility map of the Sidgwick Site

view of the gallery with wide carpeted throughways and natural lighting from above
The interior of the Museum's Cast Gallery is light and lit from above. It is carpeted with wide throughways, although some routes between casts in the Bays are narrower


Accessible Parking

  • There are three disabled parking bays near the Museum on the Sidgwick Site.
  • Two are behind the Museum in the main car park, giving you easy access to the museum.
  • To reach the third, follow the road through the car park as it turns right and then left.
  • Disabled parking bays are marked on the accessibility map of the Sidgwick Site, available above.

 

Entrance

  • The entrance to the Museum is via the Faculty of Classics, inside the Sidgwick Site.
  • There is no entrance on the road.
  • The glass doors can be opened automatically by pressing the disabled access button outside the entrance.
  • The manifestations on the glass doors are not very clear.

main entrance with glass doors
Museum Main Entrance: there is level paving outside and access is via two sets of glass doors

 

Main Entrance

  • The main entrance to the Museum is through the foyer of the Faculty of Classics.
  • The entrance lobby is carpeted and then the main foyer has a tiled floor and a red anti-slip rug. There are no busy carpet patterns, but there are differences in shade and texture.
  • Access to the Museum here is via a staircase.
  • Turn left at the top of the staircase to find the main doors to the Museum of Classical Archaeology's Cast Gallery.

main foyer with tiled floor, seating and staircase access to Museum upstairs
Access to the Museum is via the main foyer of the Faculty of Classics and up the stairs to the left

 

Step-Free Entrance

  • Step-free access can be faciliated through an alternative access, where the lift is located. This entrance to the building has a ramp and handrails.

Covid Safety Measures: Our step-free access plan remains the same. However, we are mindful that visitors who use the lift will have to travel against the one-way system at certain points. Since this is the case, staff will ensure that corridors are clear before visitors begin to use them. There is an opportunity to indicate if you will need to use the lift when booking your ticket.

step-free entrance with ramp and handrail
Museum step-free entrance: step-free access is via a different door, with a ramp

 

Lift

  • A lift is available for step-free access
  • The lift is located in a separate entrance to the building, a short walk from the main entrance.
  • We ask that visitors who require step-free access please stop at the Enquiries Office on entry to request that a member of Museum staff come down to guide them through the building.
  • In the event that the Enquiries Office is unstaffed during opening hours, please call the Museum on 01223 330402 or use the red phone in the entrance lobby.

Covid Safety Measures: Access to the lift is currently restricted to one household at a time, or one user and their carer. There is an opportunity to indicate that you will need to use the lift when you book your ticket.

entrance to lift
The building has a small person lift, with an entrance 80cm wide, which fits up to 6 people

 

Information Desk

  • There is an Enquiries Office located to your left as you enter the main foyer of the Classics building. There is a bell to ring if you require assistance, for instance, access to the lift.
  • In the Museum, the Front Desk is located as you come through the main doors. Staff here are happy to help with any questions you may have.

 

Staff Training

  • Core museum staff (the Curator, Education and Outreach Coordinator and the Museums and Collections Assistant) have undertaken training in accessibilty provision and/or disability awareness.
  • All museum staff are made aware of access provision and schemes like the Sunflower lanyard scheme for invisible disabilities.
  • Faculty staff in the Enquiries Office may not have undertaken disability awareness training.
  • Volunteers have not usually undertaken disability awareness training.

 

enquiries office with glass window
The Faculty of Classics Enquiry Office is located just inside the main entrance to the building

 

museum front desk fitted with perspex screens
The Front Desk in the Museum is staffed during opening hours

 

Staircases

  • The staircase in the main foyer of the Classics building, leading up to the Museum, has 19 steps.
  • All staircases in the building have continuous handrails.
  • There are no stair cases inside the Cast Gallery

Covid Safety Measures: A one-way system is currently in place throughout the building. The staircase in the main entrance is now open to upwards travel only. You will be directed to a second staircase, with 19 steps, when you exit.

view of staircase with handrails, photographed from downstairs looking up
The Museum is accessed via a staircase with a continuous handrail

 

Toilets

Accessible Facilities

  • The Faculty of Classics has accessible facilities in the main building entrance and also in the lift entrance.
  • The facilities next to the lift are larger and may provide more space for maneouvering than those in the main entrance.
  • Both disabled facilities are fitted with emergency pull cords.
  • Ambulatory toilets are located in both the Ladies' and Men's facilities at Entrance 1.
  • Toilets are fitted with hand-dryers which can be very noisy.

Covid Safety Measures: All toilets are open but are currently open to one occupant only at a time, with a sign on the door which must be turned to indicate that the toilet is in use. Toilets are available at all entry and exit points in the building and step-free toilets are located on the step-free access route.

disabled toilet with compact transfer space, emergency pull cord and baby changing
The disabled and gender neutral toilet in the main entrance foyer is compact and is fitted with baby-changing facilities

 

disabled toilet with larger transfer space and emergency pull cord
The disabled and gender neutral toilet next to the lift is larger

 

ambulatory toilet fitted with handrails
There are ambulatory toilets in both the mens and ladies toilets at the main entrance

 

Nearest Changing Places Toilet

Unfortunately, we do not have a Changing Places toilet.

The nearest Changing Places toilet is located in the Grand Arcade (contact 01223 457452), approximately 0.6m or a 12 minute walk away (according to Google maps).

 

Gender Neutral Toilets

The disabled facilities in the main entrance foyer and the lift entrance are designated as gender-neutral toilets.

 

Baby Changing

Baby changing is located in the disabled facilities in the main entrance to the building.

Covid Safety Measures: Unfortunately, due to the one-way system in operation, if you require use of the baby changing facilities you will need to follow the one-way system out of the building and enter again through the main entrance foyer. We realise this is an inconvenience, but this will not mean that you cannot return to the Cast Gallery to continue your visit.

 

Evacuation procedures

  • Please notify us at the Front Desk when you arrive at the Museum if you have any special requirements in case of emergency.
  • The Faculty and Museum are equipped with evacuation chairs.

 

Seating

  • Seats are available around the Cast Gallery for the use of visitors and can be moved.
  • Most seating does not have arm rests.
  • We ask that you do not sit on any of the side benches.
  • You are welcome to use walking sticks or folding stools with seat attachments.

Covid Safety Measures: Seating is currently restricted to use by students during supervisions. However, if you will require seating, please let us know in the box provided when you book your ticket or when you arrive and we will provide seating for use during your visit.

two red sofas with arm-rests next to a low table, amongst statues
Visitor seating in the Museum is currently restricted to the sofas in Bay F

 

Blind and Visually Impaired  Visitors

  • The Museum is well lit and guide dogs are very welcome.
  • Corridors are fitted with lights which automatically turn on.
  • Large text versions of the display labels are available in each bay.
  • We use lamination for some signs and labels. These may produce glare in direct sunlight.
  • Please get in touch to see if we can arrange a touch tour, or check our events listings.
  • Manifestations on the glass doors at the main entrance to the building are not very clear.

Covid Safety Measures: Large text labels have been removed from the Gallery but will be made available at the Front Desk upon request shortly. They will be quarantined for three days after use. We have also placed perspex screens on our front desk - unfortunately, there is a risk of glare in direct sunlight which we are unable to mitigate.

 

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Visitors

  • The Cast Gallery is carpeted and usually very quiet when there are no school groups.
  • There is currently no hearing loop.

 

Assistance Dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs are welcome. If you can, please let us know in advance if you will be bringing a dog. Dogs should be kept with you at all times.

 

Dyslexic Visitors

  • Large text versions of the display labels are available in each bay.

Covid Safety Measures: Large text labels have been removed from the Gallery but will be made available at the Front Desk upon request shortly. They will be quarantined for three days after use.

 

Visitors on the Autism Spectrum

  • The Museum of Classical Archaeology is generally a quiet space (more information below).
  • The Sidgwick Site and the Classics Faculty building are usually quieter outside of University term-time.
  • You do not need to book your visit in advance, but you can always get in touch in advance if you have any concerns.
  • Disability-friendly family openings are advertised on our events page.
  • Unfortunately, we do not have any break out spaces.

Download the visual story to help you to prepare for your visit.

 

Companions and Personal Assistants

  • There are no barriers to bringing a companion or personal assistant. Entrance to the Museum is free.

Covid Safety Measures: We are currently running a ticketed entry system. If for any reason, you are unable to book a ticket for a companion or personal assistance, please get in touch and we ensure we can accommodate your needs.

 

Quieter Times

  • The Cast Gallery is often very quiet and peaceful - generally more so than other busier museums
  • It is busiest when there are events for families or when there are school visits
  • It is quietest toward the end of the day
  • Our busiest time is February half term. Other school holidays are generally less busy.
  • The quietest time of the year is usually December and early January.
  • Disability-friendly special openings are listed on our events page.

 

Light Levels and Temperature

  • The Cast Gallery is very well lit during the day, when the sun is shining, because we have a glass roof.
  • The Gallery can be darker in the winter months, when the external light is low
  • The temperature varies through the year. The Gallery can be cold in the winter months and very hot in the summer months. We recommend layers in the winter and staying properly hydrated with water in the summer.

 

Website Accessibility

To find out more about the accessibility of the Museum webpages with the Faculty of Classics website or the Museum's separate Online Catalogue, please consult our Accessibility Statement.

 

Contact Us

For queries about planning your visit or feedback on our provision, please contact us:

Tel.     +44 (0)1223 330402
Email 

Your feedback is important to us as we work to make our space more welcoming and accessible.

 

Further information

Museum of Classical Archaeology logo

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.

 

Reopening

We are currently closed.
We will reopen on Tuesday 8 December.

In line with the latest Government advice regarding Covid 19, the Museum of Classical Archaeology intends to reopen to members of the public on Tuesday 8 December at 11am. Our first priority is the safety of our staff and visitors. Tickets must be booked in advance and will be released on Tuesday 1 December.

 

Closure for essential maintenance

We will be closed on Friday 11 December and Monday 14 December for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Planned Christmas Closure

Pending reopening after lockdown, we will close for the Christmas break at 2pm on Friday 18th December 2020, and will reopen at 11am on Tuesday 5 January 2021.

 

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Opening hours

(From Tuesday 8 December)

Tues-Fri: 11am-2pm
Sat*: Closed
Sun and Monday: Closed

Closed on Bank Holidays

 

Saturday Opening

We are currently closed on Saturdays.

*Please note: We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time.

 

 

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