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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. As always, we recommend reading the accessibility information carefully before planning a visit to one of the Cambridge museums. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

If you have specific access needs or require use of the lift, please consider contacting us in advance to discuss your needs.

Tel.     +44 (0)1223 330402


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.



  • The Museum is located on the first floor of the Faculty of Classics, in the University of Cambridge's Sidgwick Site.
  • 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

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.



  • The entrance to the Museum is via the Faculty of Classics, inside the Sidgwick Site.
  • There is no entrance on the road.


Main Entrance

  • The main entrance to the Museum is through the foyer of the Faculty of Classics.
  • 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.


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.



  • 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.


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.



  • 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 in 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.



Disabled Facilities

  • The Faculty of Classics has disabled 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.

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.


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.



  • 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.


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.
  • Touch tours can be arranged on request.

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.

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



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.


Contact Us

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

Tel.     +44 (0)1223 330402

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


Further information

University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre: Museum

University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre: Faculty

University of Cambridge Disability Resource Centre: Sidgwick Site

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Sat: Closed until further notice
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