Visitors with support needs

For general access information, please see the University Access Guide to the Museum.

For an audio-description introducing the museum, please listen here.

For information about our programme of Touch Tours for blind and partially sighted visitors, please telephone 01865 282456 or email

The resources below have been developed for families with children on the autistic spectrum but may be of use to all visitors with additional needs.

Visiting with children on the autistic spectrum

The Museum of Natural History is proud of its family friendly status but recognises that visiting with children on the autistic spectrum can be challenging. We hope that the resources below will help you feel more confident before your visit by providing a visual introduction to the museum and by highlighting some of its more sensory aspects.

We recommend that you first read the About the Museum guide, which includes lots of descriptive information about the museum and displays, and then use the Planning Your Visit guide as a tool to prepare children for their visit and give them objects to look for when they are here.

The pictures in both guides should give you a sense of the different spaces and displays in the museum. We have focused on objects and areas that are unlikely to change much, but please be aware that things do move around from time to time so may not look exactly the same as they do in the pictures or from one visit to the next.

For further information or advice regarding visiting, please email or telephone 01865 282537. Please click on the images below to open the PDF resources.

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