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Safety & Accessibility

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to The Story Museum. We’ve made some changes to your visit in order to ensure that everyone can have fun whilst staying safe.

What to expect during your visit

Three steps to a safe visit

  • Check what’s on
    Our opening patterns have changed during our phased reopening.
    Term Time

    Saturdays & Sundays: All Galleries, shop & cafe are open 09:30-17:30
    Thursdays & Fridays: Small Worlds Gallery, shop and cafe open 10:00-14:00

    Tuesdays - Sundays: All Galleries, shop & cafe open 09:30-17:30

    Check out the What’s on Section of the website for details of events taking place, including our family story walks and children's skills courses.
  • Book in advance
    Your safety is our first priority. In order to help us control numbers on site and to minimise queuing we ask that you book your tickets in advance.
  • Keep your distance and wear a mask
    We have adjusted our Gallery experience to help family groups stay together in their own bubble and keep their distance from other groups. Please follow instructions from our Visitor Services Team, look out for new signage to help you navigate your way around and wear a mask inside our Galleries (children under the age of 11 are not expected to wear a mask).
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Please note: if you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms associated with Coronavirus (Covid-19), or you have been asked to self-isolate, please do not come to The Story Museum.

Details of our refund policy can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is The Story Museum reopening?
    The Story Museum is now open but our opening pattern has changed so please check before you visit. Tickets are limited and booking in advance is essential.
  • What are your opening times?
    During term time our main Galleries and City of Stories film experience are only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Our Small Worlds Gallery, shop and cafe are also open on Thursday and Friday mornings.
    During holiday periods all areas of the Museum are open six days a week.
  • What steps have you taken to keep your staff and visitors safe?
    We have carried out a full risk assessment of our site
    We have introduced new enhanced cleaning procedures
    We have installed additional hand washing and hand sanitising facilities for our visitors
    We have adapted our Gallery experiences to help family groups maintain social distancing and to limit numbers on site
    We have created interactive story packs for family groups to use during their session which will be thoroughly cleaned after use.
    We have installed screens at payment points in the café and shop
    We have trained our staff in the new safety requirements
    Our ground floor Galleries have an air circulation system that ventilates the spaces with fresh air every 10 minutes.
  • Will I have to wear a mask during my visit?
    Yes, based on the current government guidance on wearing face masks, we will ask you to wear a mask whilst in our shop and in our Gallery spaces. Likewise you will find that some of our Front of House team will be wearing protective visors depending on their roles. Please note that children under the age of 11 are not expected to wear face masks.
  • What happens when I arrive?
    We ask visitors to arrive through the large gates on Pembroke Street where a member of our Front of House will be on hand to give you a warm welcome at a safe distance! At quieter periods you may be asked to enter via the shop where your tickets will be checked. Click here to watch a video about what to expect when you get here.
  • Do I need to print out my ticket?
    One of our Front of House team will be greeting people in the courtyard and checking tickets when you arrive. You can either print out your ticket at home or show it on your phone or other handheld device when you arrive. When you have shown your ticket you will be given a Sticket (disposable wristband) to put on.
  • Will the shop and café be open? Can I pay by cash?
    Our shop and café will be open at the same times as our Small Worlds Gallery. Our café will be operating a take away service and visitors will be able to sit outside in the courtyard. If you would prefer to sit inside, then you will be asked to queue outside at the takeaway window to place your order. A member of the team will then show you to a table inside and will serve you at your table. Café customers who are not visiting the Museum will be asked to provide their contact details in line with the Government’s track and trace requirements. We are only accepting contactless payment in our shop and café.
  • Will I be able to bring my own food and drink?
    No. We ask visitors not to bring their own food or drink on site.
  • How is the building ventilated?
    Our ground floor Galleries have an air circulation system that ventilates the spaces with fresh air every 10 minutes. We also keeping open doors and windows when possible. As a result, we would advise all our visitors to bring an extra jumper to help keep warm. We have lockers available for a £1 non-refundable fee if you find that you've brought more layers than you need!
  • Will the toilets be open?
    Yes our toilets will be open and we have introduced a new enhanced cleaning regime. There will be signage within the cloakroom area to help visitors maintain social distancing. Our lockers will also be available and take a non-refundable £1 coin.
  • What about other events?
    Full details of our events programme can be found in the What’s on Section of the website, including our outdoor family story walks and after school and weekend skills clubs.
  • Do I have to book in advance?
    Yes, all tickets must be booked in advance via our website or via telephone through the Box Office. In order to maintain social distancing, numbers on site are limited so we have reduced the capacity for our activities. We are asking visitors to book in advance to reduce queuing and minimise contact.
  • Are group visits allowed? Can I meet friends and family at the Museum? Why can’t I book as many tickets as I want on your website?
    In order to help keep our staff and visitors safe during their visit we are asking visitors to stay within their family groups or ‘bubbles’. We have designed our Gallery experiences in a way to keep family groups together in their own 'bubble' and to minimise social contact between groups.
    Our Small Worlds Gallery experience is designed for groups of up to 4 and our Galleries experience is designed for groups of up to 6. If you are a larger family group or ‘bubble’ and require more tickets then please contact our Box Office and we will be happy to arrange your booking over the phone.
  • Why have some of your ticket prices changed? Why are there no discounts?
    We have reviewed our ticket pricing and our adjusted offer for this period. We aim to keep our ticket prices as affordable as possible and we are confident that this represents good value for money as our Galleries and family events are designed for all ages to enjoy. Under 1s do not need a ticket. We also offer bursary places and reduced price tickets for families taking part in our wider community project work.
  • Will school visits still be happening?
    Our learning team are planning a full range of activity in the Autumn including group visits to the Museum, teacher CPD and continuing our popular outreach work in schools. Please contact them to find out more.
  • What happens if I have a Story Pass?
    All Story Pass holders will still need to book a ticket in advance by contacting the Box Office. Existing Story Passes will also automatically be extended to run throughout 2021.
  • What if I can’t visit the Museum?
    We appreciate that many people may not be able to visit the Museum at the moment. In response we have launched a brand new online story resource 1001 Stories featuring stories from our collection. You may also like to subscribe to our YouTube channel which hosts a range of author interviews and activities.
  • Why am I having problems getting through to anyone on the phone?
    We currently have a reduced staff team working on site which means that it may take us longer to answer questions and there is not always someone available to answer the phone. Please feel free to email the Box Office and leave a name and number so that we can call you back at a convenient time.
  • Where can I park in Oxford?
    Parking in Oxford can be tricky but we appreciate that at the moment Government Guidance is to avoid the use of public transport if possible. Details of City Centre car parks can be found in the ‘Getting here’ section of the website. Both the Redbridge and Seacourt Park and Ride car parks are within a 30 minute walk of the Museum.

    Disabled visitors showing both parts of the Blue Badge may park for free in any of the on-street parking spaces. There are 90 Disabled Parking Bays around Oxford and there is also allocated parking on level 4 of the Westgate car park and at the Park & Ride car parks. For information on where to park when displaying a Blue Badge click here.
  • Where can I leave my bicycle?
    To allow easier social distancing on site we have temporarily removed our bicycle parking on site. The nearest bicycle parking to the Museum is at the end of Pembroke Street nearest to the Westgate Centre.
  • Risk Assessment
    The Story Museum has followed the Government’s guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 and carried our risk assessments for our employees and visitors. A copy of our Five Steps to Safer Working Together certificate is displayed on site.

Access guidance

Wheelchair and Lift Access
All of our spaces, including our galleries, café and gift and book shop, are fully accessible for wheelchair users. There are three lifts offering access to all floors. During our Phase 1 reopening only the ground floor of the building will be open so the lifts will not be in use.

Accessible toilets
Accessible toilets are located on the ground and first floor of the building, with one space offering changing facilities and a shower.

Guide Dogs
Guide dogs and other assistance dogs are welcome.

Carer Admission
Any companion or carer to a disabled visitor will be granted free admission to the museum exhibitions and events.

We are here to help
If you have any particular needs or access issues you would like to discuss with us before your visit, please get in touch.

We are here to help

If you have any particular needs or access issues you would like to discuss with us before your visit, please get in touch.

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