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

Choose activities by Key Stage from the list below.

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Early Years Foundation Stage (five years and under)

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Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

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

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Storytelling with Puppets

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

Key Stage 1 (ages five-seven)

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Dino Dan

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

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Circadian Sam

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

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Explore and Discover guides - primary

Our interactive booklets provide pupils with structured gallery activities.

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Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

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

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Storytelling with Puppets

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

Key Stage 2 (ages seven-11)

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Animal Vision Show

Find out about adaptations that allow animals to see things that we can't in this live animal show.

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Cutting Edge Workshop

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

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Dino Scene Investigation

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

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Dino Scientists

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

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Explore and Discover guides - primary

Our interactive booklets provide pupils with structured gallery activities.

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Investigate science centre

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

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Mary Anning

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

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The Variety Show

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

Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

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Animal Vision Show

Find out about adaptations that allow animals to see things invisible to the human eye in this live animal show.

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Cocoon gallery

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

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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.

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Investigate science centre

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

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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)

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Cocoon gallery

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

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Explore and Discover guides - secondary

Support national curriculum learning with these interactive gallery guides

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The Great Evolution Debate

Get your students involved in the fiery debate surrounding Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in this workshop.

Post-16 (ages 16-18)

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Biology AS and A-Level day

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

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Cocoon gallery

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

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The Great Evolution Debate

Get your students involved in the fiery debate surrounding Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in this workshop.

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Nature Live

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

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