Things to do for schools

Students taking part in a workshop

Please note: The Dinosaurs gallery will be closed 4 January - 12 February 2016 to improve access to the T rex. It will reopen from 13-22 February.

Find workshops, science shows and self-led activities for students of all ages.

All our activities are developed by professional science educators and support the national curriculum.

To check availability, call the school bookings team on +44 (0)207 942 5555.

Choose activities by Key Stage from the list below.

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Find out what's on in the events calendar. Choose the date of your visit and select 'schools'.

Early Years Foundation Stage (five years and under)

Ourselves and other Animals tour poster

Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

Carry out your own scientific inquiry on this self-guided tour.

Artist performs at Storytelling with Puppets workshop

Storytelling with Puppets

Explore natural history and curriculum science through puppets and popular stories.

Key Stage 1 (ages five-seven)

Dino Dan at the Natural History Museum

Dino Dan

Our intrepid explorer Dino Dan will tell you all about his exciting adventures in this fun session.

Circadian Sam holding a clock and owl

Circadian Sam

Investigate animals’ sleeping habitats with the ever-popular gallery character, Circadian Sam.

Students holding Explore and Discover guides

Explore and Discover guides - primary

Our interactive booklets provide pupils with structured gallery activities.

Ourselves and other Animals tour poster

Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

Carry out your own scientific inquiry on this self-guided tour.

Artist performs at Storytelling with Puppets workshop

Storytelling with Puppets

Explore natural history and curriculum science through puppets and popular stories.

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Super Stegosaurus Workshop

Discover how scientists piece together fossil finds.

Key Stage 2 (ages seven-11)

Children at Cutting Edge workshop

Cutting Edge Workshop

Handle, observe and compare a variety of animal skulls in this interactive workshop.

Students at Dino Scene Investigation workshop

Dino Scene Investigation

Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked in this hands-on workshop.

Student takes part in Dino Scientist activity

Dino Scientists

Work out the diet, movements and habitats of ancient fossil animals in this self-led activity. 

Students holding Explore and Discover guides

Explore and Discover guides - primary

Our interactive booklets provide pupils with structured gallery activities.

Student observes specimen at Investigate Centre

Investigate science centre

Students can touch hundreds of real natural history specimens in our hands-on science centre.

Mary Anning observes fossil

Mary Anning

Hear Mary Anning's stories about her life as a pioneering fossil hunter in this interactive gallery session.

Collection of insects at Variety show

The Variety Show

Get your students excited about the diversity, complexity and beauty of life on Earth with this interactive show.

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Evolution Workshop

Compare fossils and explore how life has changed over time in this workshop.

Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Darwin centre Cocoon building

Cocoon gallery

Inspire your students to learn more about the diversity of life by visiting this interactive gallery.

Staff member at Rock the house show

Rocks the House

Learn about the powerful interactions that cause volcanoes and earthquakes in this action-packed science show.

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Explore and Discover guides - secondary

Support national curriculum learning with these interactive gallery guides.

Student observes specimen at Investigate Centre

Investigate science centre

Students can touch hundreds of real natural history specimens in our hands-on science centre.

Collection of insects at Variety show

The Variety Show

Get your students excited about the diversity, complexity and beauty of life on Earth with this fun interactive science show.

Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)

Darwin centre Cocoon building

Cocoon gallery

Inspire your students to learn more about the diversity of life by visiting this interactive gallery.

explore-discover-secondary

Explore and Discover guides - secondary

Support national curriculum learning with these interactive gallery guides.

Post-16 (ages 16-18)

Students at Biology AS and A-level day

Biology AS and A-Level day

Bring your budding biologists to meet our scientists, take guided tours and explore our exhibitions.

Darwin centre Cocoon building

Cocoon gallery

Inspire your students to learn more about the diversity of life by visiting this interactive gallery.

Museum scientist speaks at Nature Live event

Nature Live

Find out about the fascinating work carried out by our researchers and curators in our daily talks.

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