School visits at South Kensington

Students taking part in a workshop

On this page you can find workshops, science shows and self-led activities for students of all ages.

All our activities are developed by professional science educators and support the national curriculum.

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 (school-bookings@nhm.ac.uk) 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.

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

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.

Early Years Foundation Stage (five years and under)

Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

Carry out your own scientific inquiry on this self-guided tour.

Storytelling with Puppets

Explore natural history and curriculum science through puppets and popular stories.

Wildlife Garden Explorers

Take on the role of explorers and investigate biodiversity in the Wildlife Garden.

Key Stage 1 (ages 5-7)

Super Stegosaurus Workshop

Discover how scientists piece together fossil finds.

Storytelling with Puppets

Explore natural history and curriculum science through puppets and popular stories.

Explorers: Ourselves and Other Animals

Carry out your own scientific inquiry on this self-guided tour.

Wildlife Garden Explorers

Take on the role of explorers and investigate biodiversity in the Wildlife Garden.

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.

Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11)

Skulls, Teeth and Diet Workshop

Handle, observe and compare a variety of animal skulls in this interactive workshop.

Dino Scene Investigation

Perform your own fossil dig and draw conclusions about how dinosaurs looked in this hands-on workshop.

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.

Emergency! Earthquakes and Volcanoes Show

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

Evolution Workshop

Compare fossils and explore how life has changed over time in this workshop.

For Year Six (ages 10-11) only.

Classification and Adaptation Show

Get your students excited about the diversity, complexity and beauty of life on Earth with this interactive show.

Investigate science centre

Free workshop

Pupils can touch hundreds of real natural history specimens in our hands-on science centre.

Mary Anning

Meet famous Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning and learn about fossilisation and adaptation.

Wallace and Evolution

Meet Victorian scientist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace and learn about adaptation, life cycles and evolution by natural selection.

Ocean Life and Habitat Show

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

Dino Scientists

Work out the diet, movements and habitats of ancient fossil animals in this self-led activity. 

Pond dipping

Take on the role of pond conservationist and explore the diverse pond life in the Museum’s beautiful Wildlife Garden.

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.

Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14)

Cocoon

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

Tectonic Earth Show

Learn about the powerful interactions that cause volcanoes and earthquakes in this action-packed science show.

Investigate science centre for KS3

Free workshop

Encourage students to be critical thinkers, developing skills in observation, generating hypotheses and collecting and assessing evidence.

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.

Key Stage 4 (ages 14-16)

Tectonic Earth Show

Learn about the powerful interactions that cause volcanoes and earthquakes in this action-packed science show.

Meet the scientist talk & Spirit Collection tour

Bring your budding biologists to meet our scientists, take guided tours and explore our exhibitions.

Cocoon

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

Post-16 (ages 16-18)

Meet the scientist talk & Spirit Collection tour

Bring your budding biologists to meet our scientists, take guided tours and explore our exhibitions.

Cocoon

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

Nature Live

Find out about the fascinating work carried out by our researchers and curators in regular talks.