Essential information for schools

Children taking part in a science workshop


During the current closure

The Natural History Museum is temporarily closed as of 17 March 2020 until further notice.

All school and group visits are cancelled during this time. 

At present we are unable to reschedule visits owing to the indefinite timeline of the Museum’s closure.

If you have paid for your scheduled activities and would like to reschedule we will retain your booking on our system. When we reopen we will be in touch to reschedule your cancelled visit to an alternative date.

If you have not paid for your scheduled visit we will cancel your booking.

If you would prefer a refund please contact us via email ( with your booking reference and school name and we will update you on the refund process and request the additional information that we require. 

Owing to the large volume of bookings for our learning programme this process may take some time and may not be actioned until we reopen.

  • Guidance for Home Educator groups

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

    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 call contact our Schools Bookings team directly: Monday - Friday during office hours (8.30 - 16.00) on +44 (0)20 7942 5555.

    Alternatively, our Investigate Centre is open to the public Monday to Friday during term time for  ‘drop in’ style sessions, 16.00 - 17.15 (last entry 17.00). Please visit the Investigate for families page for more information.

Gallery announcements

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

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