School visits are welcome and we can cater for all age groups from Year 1 upwards. Visits can be arranged on weekdays throughout the year by telephone on 020 8947 2825 or by using the Contact page.
We provide direct teaching using qualified staff. Classes of up to 30 can be accommodated at one time, usually divided into two groups of not more than 15 so that they can see and handle the exhibits without overcrowding. Approximately one hour should be allowed for a visit by one class. If more than one class is brought the other can visit the Information Centre nearby or walk on the Common before changing over.
There is parking space for cars and coaches close to the museum. If using public transport the nearest bus stop is about 1/4 mile from the museum (see ).
There are no facilities for eating lunch in the Museum but there are a café and toilets next door and in summer the Commons provide a good site for picnics.
TEACHERS' NOTES can be downloaded in preparation for the visit: there are 29 pages so you may wish to print only the pages you need.
An aid to preparing a Risk Assessment before a visit and notes on the museum are here:
We need to know:
The date and time of the visit
The name of the School
A contact name and telephone number
The number of children and adults visiting
The approximate ages of the children
If you require teacher’s notes
If the visit relates to any current work in school
If the children will be buying souvenirs
School visits are charged at a rate of £2 per child with accompanying staff free. There is a minimum charge of £25.