School visits at South Kensington, London

Students taking part in a workshop

To keep our visitors safe, school group numbers per day are limited.

School visits are only available during term time.

There are two types of visit available:

Entry and booking

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 Spring 2023.

To make a booking, please view the guidance on the Essential information for schools page.

On site workshops

Super Stegosaurus Workshop - featuring Special Guest Dippy

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

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)

Evolution Workshop

Compare fossils and explore how life has changed over time.

For Year Six (ages 10-11 only) only.

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 7-14  (KS2 + KS3)

Explore: Urban Nature Workshop

Become urban nature scientists by exploring museum specimens and investitating human impacts on the environment in Hyde Park.

For ages 9-14 (upper KS2 + KS3)

NB This free workshop takes place in Hyde Park, not the Museum.

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)

Dino Show

Join us on a quest back in time! You class will use their scientific skills to discover more about dinosaurs and the world they lived in.

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.

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.

Exhibition discounts

Pre-booked school and home educator groups receive a discount on exhibitions at the Museum.

Tickets cost £4 per student. Visits must be Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays, during school term times.

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.

KS1 student guide PDF (4.0MB)

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.

KS3 student guide PDF (2.3MB)

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.

KS1 student guide PDF (3.4MB)

KS2 student guide PDF (2.5MB)

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

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

Learning resources

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