Essential information for schools

Children taking part in a science workshop

The Museum is open from 10.00 to 17.50 every day except 24-26 December.

There are two types of visit available:

Show and workshop timings are listed on their dedicated pages linked above. The cost is £3 per pupil.

  • Guidance for Home Educator groups

    Home Educator groups are welcome to visit us at the Museum and are encouraged to partake in our Schools Learning Programme. 

    If you are coming for a self-led tour, then please book for your free general admission tickets.

    Our workshops require a minimum booking number of 10 children per session.

    Please be aware that all of our workshops & shows are designed for specific ages / key stages in accordance with the national curriculum. We are unable to facilitate groups with a mixture of ages / key stages.

    Unless your booking occupies the full capacity of the venue for your activity, your session may be shared with another school group.

    If you have any further questions please do contact our School Bookings team by phoning 020 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

How to book

If you would like to make a booking please phone the School Bookings team on 020 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

Before your visit

We recommend you come for a preliminary visit to plan what you will see and do on the day.

Eating

Thirty-minute lunch time slots are available at 11.30 and 12.30 for the indoor picnic area and can be reserved when you book.

You can bring your own food or buy sandwiches, soft drinks, tea, and coffee from our cafes.

Supervision guidelines

The behaviour of pupils at the Museum is the responsibility of teachers and adult supervisors. Please ensure your group meets the minimum adult to pupil ratio for your Key Stage.

Please make sure that your group is split into these numbers when moving around the Museum to avoid congestion, maintain social distancing with other visitors and to not overcrowd the Museum facilities.

Key stage

Minimum

Recommended

Foundation Stage

1:6

1:4

Key Stage 1

1:8

1:5

Key Stage 2

1:10

1:8

Key Stage 3

1:10

1:10

Key Stage 4

1:15

1:10

Post-16

1 adult per booking

1:10

If the behaviour of anyone in a school group adversely affects the safety or enjoyment of other students or staff, we may require the school group to leave.

Behavioural code of conduct for schools

Respecting the space in which you are visiting is vital for the preservation and longevity of our collection, for ensuring the comfort and enjoyment of all visitors here and for ensuring your own safety.

We ask teachers to remind their pupils of the following before their visit:

  • Please follow all COVID-19 government guidelines in place at the Museum
  • Please follow any instructions provided by Museum staff
  • Please treat the Museum’s spaces and specimens with care and respect
  • Please walk, do not run
  • Please respect others enjoying their visit
  • Please dispose of litter in the bins provided
  • Please always stay with your group

In making your booking with the Natural History Museum, you agree that your group will abide by this code. Please ensure all accompanying adults are aware of the code and that children are well supervised throughout their visit.

Risk assessment

Activities for schools are designed with full consideration of the risks involved. We have updated our risk assessment (PDF 113KB) recently to help teachers plan a visit from September 2021.

Payment and cancellations

Please read our payment and cancellation conditions for charged-for school activities.

If you have booked a school activity and need to cancel, contact our school bookings team. They will provide a confirmation email.

On the day of your visit

Parking for coaches

There are a limited number of stopping spaces for coaches in two locations - Queen's Gate and Cromwell Road. Coaches can stop for a maximum of 15 minutes to drop off and collect passengers.

We kindly remind coach parties and drivers that leaving an engine idling when stationary is an offence and may be subject to a fine by the local council. Out of respect for our neighbours and to reduce the carbon footprint in our surrounding area, please help us avoid any unnecessary pollution.

Where to go when you arrive

All school groups should use the entrance on Exhibition Road. (Visit the Getting here page to see its location.)

A staff member can direct you to School Reception on the lower ground floor of the Green Zone where you can leave bags and coats (property is left at owner's risk, facilities are not lockable) and use the toilet facilities.

If you have booked an activity, please allow sufficient time (at least 20 minutes) to register and get to the activity location.

Gallery announcements

We sometimes need to close areas of the Museum for refurbishment. Check these updates before your visit.