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Ancient Greece and Rome

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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Introduction

  • The Greek and Roman galleries display objects from the Bronze Age until the fall of Rome (about 3200 BC to AD 476).
    They show the expansion of the Greek world across the Mediterranean and beyond, the growth of increasingly powerful Italian cultures and their coming together in the Roman Empire.
    The Ancient Greece and Rome galleries are located over two levels.
    On Level 0 it is located to the left after you enter the Great Court.
    On Level 3 is it located to the right after you exit the south lift/stairs via Room 68 - The Citi Gallery, or to the right after you exit the west lift/stairs.
  • For the Main Building AccessAble Access Guide please click here (new tab).
  • For the The Great Court AccessAble Access Guide please click here (new tab).

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is a member of staff trained in British Sign Language.
  • The alternative formats documents can be provided in include; Braille on request, large print on request, different languages on request and audio on request.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located in Russell Square Park.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • There are mobility aids available.
  • The mobility aids available include wheelchairs.
  • To obtain mobility aids please contact the museum in advance by emailing [email protected] or speak to a member of staff at either entrance foyer.
  • There are portable resting stools available to use when going around the museum.
    They are located on the ground floor in Rooms 6, 17 and 24 and on Level 3 in the South Stairs/Lift Lobby and next to the East Stairs landing.
  • There is a BSL Handset Guide of the museum available, which can be collected from the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Court.
    There is a Large Print copy of the Audio Guide available.
    There are free maps of the museum available, please speak to a member of staff.
    There is a large print map of the museum available.
    There are ear defenders available for visitors.

Attraction / Exhibit (Level 0 - Rooms 6, 11-23)

  • Entrance / Opening View
    • There are double, permanently held open doors with an opening width of 75cm+ for access to this area/attraction.
    • The entrance/opening is clearly signed.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance/opening.
  • Attraction / Exhibit View
    • There is level access throughout this area.
    • Clear directional signage is provided in this area.
    • During busy periods this area can become congested.
    • The type of flooring in this area is tiles and stone.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • This area does not play background music/sound.
    • There are resting/seating areas within this area.
    • Explanations for the exhibit(s) is/are in information board format.
    • Some exhibits can be audio described.
    • Exhibits are audio described by using a headset.
    • Headsets can be obtained from the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Court, the audio guide is free of charge.
    • There are some exhibits which start from the floor level.
    • There are 8 medium height steps with handrails on both sides, leading from Room 23 to Rooms 22 and 21.
      There are 3 medium height steps at either end of Room 18. These steps can be overcome by platform lifts located at either end of Room 18.
      There are 15+ steps with handrails on both sides from the second step onwards leading up to room 16.
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    • In the Pantheon exhibition Room 18b there are braille and tactile signage on the information boards.
      There is bench seating available in Rooms 6,1314,17,18 and 21. There are portable resting stools available in Room 17.
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  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a good colour contrast between some walls and the floor in this area.
    • The lighting levels in this area are varied.
  • Exit View
    • Visitors exit via a separate set of doors/opening.
    • There are double, permanently held open doors with an opening width of 75cm+ when exiting this area/attraction.
    • The exit is step-free.

Lift (Room 18 - Parthenon)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at either end of Room 18.
  • The lift is a platform lift.
  • The platform lift accesses a small level change.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • The clear door width is 80cm (2ft 7in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 85cm x 100cm (2ft 9in x 3ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • The lift does not have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • The Controls are between 76cm to 80cm.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 0)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the Great Court.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 0)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located in the Great Court.

Attraction / Exhibit (Level 1 - Rooms 77 and 78)

  • Entrance / Opening View
    • There are no doors, however there is an open width of 75cm+ for access to this area/attraction.
    • There is stepped access at this entrance/opening.
    • There is/are 10+ clearly marked step(s), with handrails on both sides, for access to Rooms 77 and 78.
    • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
    • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
    • Handrails are not easy to grip.
    • Handrails do not extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 15cm and 18cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
  • Attraction / Exhibit View
    • There is level access throughout this area.
    • Clear directional signage is provided in this area.
    • During busy periods this area can become congested.
    • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
    • There is some flooring which is shiny and could cause issues with glare or look slippery to some people.
    • There are resting/seating areas within this area.
    • Explanations for the exhibit(s) is/are in information board format.
    • No exhibits can be audio described.
    • There are some exhibits which start from the floor level.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a good colour contrast between some walls and the floor in this area.
    • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • Exit View
    • Visitors exit via the entrance/opening.

Lift (South Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located to the left of the foyer after the Great Russell Street entrance.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are clearly visible from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 20m (21yd 2ft) from the Great Russell Street entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • A member of staff does not need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are -2,-1, 0 and 3.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level in the lift lobby.
  • The external controls for the lift are not within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is poor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is poor.
  • The clear door width is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 130cm x 160cm (4ft 3in x 5ft 3in).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are low.
  • There is a/are similar lift(s) available.
  • Comments View
    • There is a similar lift on the opposite side of the foyer, to the right from the Great Russell Street entrance.

Lift (West Lift)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located at the west end of the building, near to the west stairs.
  • Signs indicating the location of the lift are not available from the entrance.
  • The lift is approximately 40m (43yd 2ft) from the Montague Place entrance.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
  • Clear signs indicating the facilities on each floor are provided on lift lobby landings.
  • There is a clear level manoeuvring space of 150cm × 150cm in front of the lift.
  • Lift doors do contrast visually with lift lobby walls.
  • Lighting levels are at least 100 lux at floor level in the lift lobby.
  • The external controls for the lift are within 90cm - 110cm from the floor.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift controls and the control plate is good.
  • The colour contrast between the external lift control plate and the wall is fair.
  • The clear door width is 90cm (2ft 11in).
  • The dimensions of the lift are 152cm x 123cm (4ft 12in x 4ft).
  • There are separate entry and exit doors in the lift.
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • There is a list of floor services available within the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does have an audible announcer.
  • The controls for the lift are within 90cm - 120cm from the floor.
  • There is not a hearing loop system.
  • The lift does not have Braille markings.
  • The lift does have tactile markings.
  • The lighting levels in the lift are good.

Attraction / Exhibit (Level 3 - Rooms 69-73)

  • Entrance / Opening View
    • There are double, permanently held open doors with an opening width of 75cm+ for access to this area/attraction.
    • The entrance/opening is clearly signed.
    • The entrance door(s) does/do contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance/opening, via lift.
  • Attraction / Exhibit View
    • There is level access throughout this area.
    • Clear directional signage is provided in this area.
    • During busy periods this area can become congested.
    • The type of flooring in this area is carpet.
    • There are resting/seating areas within this area.
    • Explanations for the exhibit(s) is/are in information board format.
    • Some exhibits can be audio described.
    • Exhibits are audio described by using a headset.
    • Headsets can be obtained from the Audio Guide Desk in the Great Court, the audio guide is free of charge.
    • There are some exhibits which start from the floor level.
    • There are 15+ medium steps leading up to Room 69a.
    • There is a bench seating available in Rooms 67, 70 and 71.
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • There is a good colour contrast between the walls and the floor in this area.
    • The lighting levels in this area are good.
  • Exit View
    • Visitors exit via the entrance/opening.
    • There are double, permanently held open doors with an opening width of 75cm+ when exiting this area/attraction.
    • The exit is step-free.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Level 3)

  • The nearest accessible toilet(s) is/are located in the north stairs/lift lobby.

Standard Toilet(s) (Level 3)

  • The nearest standard toilet(s) is/are located in the north stairs/lift lobby.