School visits at South Kensington, London

Students taking part in a workshop

The Museum at South Kensington is reopen to school groups.

As we begin to open up whilst keeping our visitors safe, school group numbers per day are limited.

All schools are currently required to book their visits to the Museum in advance.

There are two types of visit available:

Entry and booking

To help keep everyone safe, a timed system for schools to enter the Museum will be in place. Timeslots for self-guided visits are available at 10am - 10.30am and 10.30am - 11am.

Workshop and show timings are listed on their dedicated pages, linked above. 

All visits including self-guided visits must be prebooked.

Bookings are currently available up to 1 April 2022.

To book a visit, view the guidance on the Essential information for schools page.

Contact us

Please email school-bookings@nhm.ac.uk if you have any questions about the Museum at South Kensington.

On site workshops

Super Stegosaurus Workshop

Discover how scientists piece together fossil finds. An ongallery workshop looking and learning about the life of Sophie the Stegosaurus.

For ages 5-7 (KS1)

Dino Dig Workshop

Become palaeontologists and dig for fossils in this hands-on workshop. You might even uncover a dinosaur skull!

For ages 7-11 (KS2)

Mission to Mars: LEGO® Explorers Workshop

Pupils will design, create and code a Martian rover using LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 robotics sets in this hands-on workshop.

For ages 7-11 (KS2)

On site shows

Ocean Life and Habitat Show

Come on an adventure and help our scientists explore the seas, from the sunlit corals to the midnight depths.

For ages 6-11 (Upper KS1 and KS2)

Emergency! Earthquakes and Volcanoes Show

Transform into scientists to save a town from geological catastrophe in this action-packed science show.

For ages 7-11 (KS2)

Galleries at the Museum

You and your can class can discover over 4.5 billion years of natural history as you explore the Museum. Below we've listed some of our most popular galleries with schools. You can browse the full list on our Galleries and Museum Map page.

Gallery announcements

We sometimes need to close areas of the Museum for refurbishment. Check these updates before your visit.
NB: The Human Biology gallery and the Investigate centre are currently closed.

Dinosaurs, fossils and the ancient Earth

Dinosaurs gallery

Meet incredible beasts in the famous Dinosaurs gallery. Tiptoe past the first T.rex skeleton ever discovered before spending time among the herbivores including a Triceratops skull and the first skeleton of an Iguanodon known to science.

Getting there: in the Blue Zone.

Fossil Marine Reptiles

This gallery contains some of the most complete fossils of prehistoric sea animals in the world. Many were collected by the pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning.

Getting there: in the Green Zone.

From the Beginning

Explore the evolution of life on our planet. Discover early sea creatures, dinosaurs, mammals and ancient fossils. Find out how our solar system was formed and take a peak into the future.

Getting there: in the Red Zone.

Humans and other animals

Mammals (blue whale model) gallery

Check out the blue whale model suspended from the ceiling then have a close encounter with extinct mammoths, a giant elk, hippos, horses, and giraffes.  

Getting there: in the Blue Zone. 

Human Evolution

Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human. Embark on a seven-million-year journey, from the first hominins to the last surviving human species: us.

Getting there: in the Red Zone.  

Birds

Discover an extinct dodo, our historical hummingbird cabinet, and a Victorian avian anatomy display. From endangered species to native British breeds and contemporary conservation efforts, explore the wonders of our bird collection.

Getting there: located in the Green Zone.  

Geology, rocks and minerals

Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Learn about the amazing natural forces that shape our planet. See casts of victims from the Mount Vesuvius eruption of AD 79 and objects melted by lava flows. Learn about the ways we try to build against earthquake damage and brave the earthquake simulator.

Getting there: in the Red Zone.

Earth's Treasury

Unearth minerals, gemstones and rocks. A glittering display includes everything from gold nuggets to Stonehenge rock and kryptonite. Find out how diamonds are formed and cut, plus examine royal links to precious stones.

Getting there: in the Red Zone.

Restless Surface

How has wind, water and other weather shaped the Earth? And how long has it taken? See dramatic rock and mountain formations and a giant stalagmite, and find out how they formed. 

Getting there: in the Red Zone.

The scientific process and living nature

Wildlife Garden

Learn about the nature on our doorstep in the Wildlife Garden. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Museum in this oasis of British wildlife. More than 3,130 species have been identified in the garden since it opened in 1995.

Getting there: in the Orange Zone.  

 

Cocoon

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

Find out how we store, care for and use our 20 million entomology and botany specimens, and hear some of the stories from behind the scenes.

Getting there: in the Orange Zone. 

Useful resources

Explore and Discover free downloadable activities

Free booklets with pre-visit tips and follow-up ideas, for you to download and print before your visit.

Learning resources

We have a range of resources to support learning around natural history themes. For ages 5-14.