This access statement should be read alongside our current Covid-19 safety measures.
Admission to the Booth Museum is free.
Visitor Services Officers are on duty should you require any assistance and are happy to answer any queries.
There is no cafe in the building, but there is one across the road in Dyke Road Park.
We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 03000 290900 or email email@example.com.
- For full details and maps of how to reach us please see the How to get here section of our website. Alternatively you can plan your journey by car or public transport using www.traveline.info; simply enter your postcode and ours, which is BN1 5AA to get directions.
- The nearest railway station is Brighton, which is a 20 minute walk, or you can take a bus from outside the station. Taxis are also available at the station. If you require an accessible taxi you can book this in advance. See Brighton & Hove City Council’s website for more details on taxi ranks and services in the city.
- The Possability People charity also provides helpful information on the various Wheelchair Accessible Taxis on the road to help you find the taxi that’s right for you. Contact them at www.possabilitypeople.org.uk or at Montague House, Montague Place Brighton BN2 1JE, or by phone on 01273 89 40 40 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Buses stop at Dyke Road. The bus stops have a shelter and seating. See Brighton & Hove City Council’s website for more details on services that run in the city.
- Visitors using mobility scooters are asked to leave them at the rear accessible entrance and transfer to one of our manual wheelchairs. If you do this, please bring along a companion to push the wheelchair or if you need a member of staff to assist you phone 03000 290900 or email email@example.com in advance to book someone to help.
- If you have a powered wheelchair please note that some of the doorways in the building are narrow or have tight turns so you may not be able to access some areas.
Car Parking and Arrival
- The only available parking is on street on the opposite side of the road; however visitors can be dropped off at the accessible entrance in the Fairways flats site.
- In Brighton & Hove, providing the badge and time disc are displayed correctly, you can park in a disabled bay, a pay & display bay and a shared use bay but not in ‘resident permit only’ bays.
- Additionally Blue Badge holders with a clock are allowed to park on yellow lines for up to 3 hours provided they are not causing an obstruction and there are no loading restrictions.
- There are 8 steps to the main entrance with a handrail to one side. Each step is between 150 & 170mm deep. There are a further two steps inside to the main museum.
- Level wheelchair access is available at the rear of the building, through a 97cm wide door. There is currently no sign at the main entrance to direct visitors to this door.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible, with accessible toilets. However please be aware that there is no designated wheelchair accessible route to the step-free rear entrance. Visitors will need to use the road through Fairways Flats. There is no pavement directly to the back of the Booth Museum. The route includes shallow kerbs, and one steep gradient. There are speed bumps which could cause a problem for motorised wheelchairs or scooters. We know this is not ideal and are working with our Access consultants and the local authority to improve wheelchair access and accessible routes into the museum.
- The museum is closed from 12.00-1.15pm so you should not arrive within this time period.
Guide, assistance and support animals
- The Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust welcomes guide, assistance and support dogs across all of our sites
- Our staff are aware that not all assistance dogs will be wearing a tabard/harness when working or training
- Our staff are aware that not all assistance dogs will be or need to be registered with Assistance Dogs (UK) or the equivalent international scheme, therefore we do not ask to see any registration paperwork for you to bring your assistance dog onto any of our sites
- Water bowls are available for your dogs at all of our sites, please ask a member of staff.
- No other animals may be brought into our museums.
- Some of our historical taxidermy were prepared using pesticides that would now be considered dangerous. Although these are all in cases and there is no risk to humans, we advise that support animals are kept away from these exhibits.
Main Entrance and Reception/Shop Area
- The reception desk has a lowered section.
- A hearing induction loop is fitted.
- The floor is carpeted and the area is well lit with overhead lighting.
- Pen and paper are available on request.
- The museum is all on one level and is mostly carpeted. Some aisles also have iron heated grates set into the floor.
- The galleries are well lit, apart from the butterfly gallery which has lower levels of lighting for conservation reasons.
- Most of the aisles are wide; the narrowest doorway is 84cm wide.
- There is a variety of seating around the building.
- Most of the exhibits are in glass cases, some at a high level.
- There is some clear labelling of exhibits, but because of the historic nature of the collection, some of the labelling is not as clear or is in a smaller font.
- There are some tactile exhibits and interactives.
- An induction loop is fitted in the education area in the butterfly gallery, and there is clear space for wheelchair users under the tables.
- There are two public toilets located in the foyer at the museum, one is wheelchair-accessible and one is a standard cubicle. The toilets are accessed from the main museum floor via 2 steps down to the foyer level.
- Alternatively, a 1.5m x 1m lifting platform is built into the floor of the Foyer to assist access to the toilets. This lifting platform requires staff assistance to operate.
- This lifting platform has a weight capacity of 350kg, and a combined handrail and fold-down seat is available for ambulant visitors who are unable to use the 2 steps.
- Alternative facilities, including one wheelchair accessible WC, are located opposite the Booth Museum at the Dyke Road Park café.
- There is a shop with a range of gifts and books on a natural history theme, located at the front of the museum close to the reception desk.
- The shop is level throughout and there is space for a wheelchair to manoeuvre.
- Most of the shelves are low, and staff are available to assist if needed.
- We have a set of evacuation procedures and should you require it someone will assist you with evacuation either out of the building or to a refuge.
- All information brochures are produced in a minimum of 12 point font, and some are available in large print.
Address: Booth Museum of Natural History 194 Dyke Road Brighton BN1 5AA
Telephone: 03000 290900
Hours of Operation
Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 2-5pm.
Closed Thu (Open Bank Holiday Mondays).
Local Equipment Hire
Brighton Shopmobility Opening Times and Contact Details Registration forms, scooters and manual and powered wheelchairs are available from the Shopmobility centre at:
- Brighton Shopmobility Centre, Churchill Square Car Park 1, Level P3, Regency Road, Brighton
- Opening times: Monday-Fridays, 10am-4pm. Closed on weekends & Bank Holidays. (Opening times can sometimes vary so it’s best to ring ahead to check the centre will be open when you plan to visit.)
- Telephone: 01273 323239. It might be a good idea to contact the Scheme before visiting to find out directions as it can be quite difficult to find the office.
Local Accessible Taxi
- Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs 01273 204060 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brightontaxis.com
- City cabs 01273 205205 Text 07528 964384 www.205205.com
- Brighton & Hove Streamline 01273 747474 email@example.com
- Hove Streamline Taxis 01273 202020 firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Public Transport
Buses have easy access for boarding and space for 1 wheelchair or any vehicle with a parking brake. Scooters are not permitted.
- The Brighton and Hove bus timetables are available on-line or in large print.
- Main bus stops have “real time” information screens for passengers, and most buses have visual and audible announcements of the next stop.
- Award winning Talking Bus Stops are also available in the city if you are blind or partially sighted. People using the scheme have a battery-operated key fob which alerts them when they are near a talking bus stop. Pressing the fob allows you to receive spoken information on which buses are coming and when they will arrive. For more information on this scheme please see www.journeyon.co.uk or contact the Access Point Team on 01273 29555 email email@example.com
This access statement does not contain personal opinions as to our suitability for those with access needs, but aims to accurately describe the facilities and services that we offer all our guests/visitors