School visits at Tring

The Natural History Museum in Hertfordshire

Students examining gallery exhibits
  • School bookings and information: +44 (0)20 7942 6177

    Monday to Friday, 9.00-17.00

  • Open Monday-Saturday 10.00-17.00, Sunday 14.00-17.00

    Closed 24-26 December

Inspire your students to ponder their place within the natural world and explore the variety of life.

We recommend you read the school visit checklist to plan your trip to the Museum.

School visit checklist

Preliminary visit

We recommend that you make a preliminary visit to the Museum to familiarise yourself with the facilities and building. Please contact us if you would like to meet with a member of the Learning and Events team.

Supervision

Visiting school groups should follow guidance from your school or local authority. We recommend a of 1:6 ratio for KS1 and KS2 workshops.

Guidelines

  • Pupils must have adult supervision at all times.
  • Behaviour of pupils remains the responsibility of teachers and adult supervisors. Please ensure all accompanying adults understand the aims of the visit and their role. 
  • In the galleries please ensure that pupils walk, take care in opening cases. Do not climb on or lean over the railings in Gallery 3.
  • When using the Museum shop, we would be grateful if you could split up larger groups.
  • If you have missing pupils or lost property, please ask one of the uniformed members of staff for help.
  • In the event of an emergency, there will be a public announcement.
  • Please follow the instructions and exit with all of your pupils at the Fire Assembly Point in the outdoor picnic area.

Parking

If you are arriving by coach, please ask the driver to drop you off at the coach parking bays in the car park off Hastoe Lane. Pedestrian access to the Museum from that car park is by footpath, through a small wooded area.

Follow the footpath and enter via the grassy courtyard. Minibuses may park in either of the Museum's free car parks. Please take care in car parks and use zebra crossings where available.

Eating

The Museum has two outdoor picnic areas and there is a small indoor picnic area for up to 32 pupils at a time. Lunch slots of 30 minutes should be booked in advance.

Booking

All bookings should be made at least two weeks in advance. To book, discuss your needs or to arrange a pre-visit, please contact the Learning team on +44 (0)20 7942 6177, Monday to Friday, 9.00-17.00. Alternatively, email tring-enquiries@nhm.ac.uk.

Please make sure you have all the information we'll need, using the following checklist.

Telephone booking information requirements

Please have the following information ready when booking by phone.

Contact details including:

  • a group leader name
  • email address (if available)
  • telephone number
  • school name and address

Visit details including:

  • date of visit
  • approximate time of arrival
  • approximate time of departure
  • number of adults and number of pupils
  • age range of pupils

Optional requirements:

  • use of Museum clipboards
  • use of the indoor picnic room (capacity is 32 pupils and must be booked in advance for 30-minute lunch slots)
  • name and preferred time of workshops (one workshop per class, each workshop for a maximum of 32 pupils)
  • any additional requirements

Download the school visit checklist as a PDF (212KB).

Our hands-on workshops and gallery activities are closely tied to the National Curriculum. School visits must be booked two weeks in advance.

Key Stage 1 and Early Years

Browse workshops and activities for younger children.

Key Stage 2

Browse our learning opportunities for Key Stage 2 children.

Key Stages 3-5

The galleries provide an opportunity for older students to practice their artistic skills and be inspired by the specimens at a variety of levels.

The specimens are a chance to study colour, pattern, texture and shape. The galleries can be used for:

  • Study of still life, line drawing and painting
  • Photography
  • Understanding the cultural importance of specimens and art

We can provide a short introduction to the galleries and their history, or handling specimens for close observation in a designated seated space.

Science Uncovered at Tring

Bring secondary school students to this day of workshops designed to inspire young people and engage them with science in society.

Risk assessment information

The Museum's public galleries have been designed and are maintained as safe spaces for all our visiting public.

Activities for schools are designed with full consideration of risks. Risk assessments are completed for all new activities.

In particular, please note:

  • Any materials to be handled as part of workshops have been risk-assessed. Staff leading the activities will advise those taking part of any precautions and will ensure safe behaviour.
  • Trip hazards are identified and isolated from access routes.
  • In the galleries please ensure that pupils walk, take care in opening cases and do not climb on or lean over the railings in Gallery 3.
  • The building has fire doors and is fitted with smoke and heat-sensing systems that will trigger alarm systems to alert staff to the need for evacuation. Fire exits are clearly sign-posted and well-rehearsed evacuation procedures ensure visitors can safely and quickly exit the premises.
  • Teachers (or other accompanying adults) remain responsible for the general health and safety of pupils as at school. Teachers (or other adults) should supervise groups at all times for their health and safety and to accompany them in the case of an evacuation.
  • The Fire Assembly Point for schools is in the outdoor picnic area. Please ask a member of staff for assistance in locating this area if needed.
  • The Front of House team is the first point of call for lost pupils, incidents and can contact a first aider if required. 

School visit risk assessment information PDF (220KB)