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.

Book a visit for your school on +44 (0)20 7942 5555.

Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 16.00.

Before your visit

Browse our activities and choose what you want to do. Please read the pre-booking checklist (pdf 69KB). Then call the school bookings team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555 to check availability, confirm your place, and reserve a space for lunch.

If you would like to bring a school group to visit the Museum without booking any activities you can use the booking enquiry form to arrange your trip.

Please talk to our booking team if any members of your group have special educational needs or disabilities. Most of our galleries are accessible to wheelchair users.

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

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.

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    1:30

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.

Risk assessment

Activities for schools are designed with full consideration of the risks involved. Download our risk assessment information guide PDF (303KB).

Payment and cancellations

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

If you have booked a charged for school activity and need to cancel, contact our school bookings team on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. They will provide a confirmation email.

If you need to cancel your visit or any free, scheduled activities please fill out the cancellation form.

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.

Where to go when you arrive

The Museum normally has two entrances open - visit the Getting here page to see their locations. Schools arriving by coach are advised to use the Cromwell Road entrance. Schools arriving by tube should use the Exhibition Road entrance.

You will then be directed to the School Reception on the lower ground floor of the Green Zone. If you are unable to get to the School Reception on time, please inform a member of staff in the galleries.

If you have booked an activity, please allow sufficient time (at least 20 minutes) to register and get to the activity location. Unfortunately, we are unable to admit latecomers to shows.


The indoor Picnic Area next to the School Reception on the lower ground floor is open throughout the day. Lunch time slots are available from 11.00 to 14.00 and can be reserved when you book. You can bring your own food or buy sandwiches, soft drinks, tea and coffee from the Snack Bar.

Getting here

The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

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Download the Museum floor plan PDF (657KB)

Gallery announcements

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

Get regular email updates about our school activities and teaching resources