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Options for your educational visit

We can’t wait to welcome you to the National Science and Media Museum. The information on this page will help you plan and prepare for your educational visit.

What to consider before planning your visit

  • Our programme for schools and older students has been adapted to adhere to government guidelines and to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable
  • Booking is essential, and booking requests must be made at least two weeks before your planned visit date
  • Booking requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with priority given to those groups booking IMAX and Games Lounge tickets
  • You can currently book for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during term time
  • We can accommodate a single bubble of up to 80 people (students and accompanying adults) per visit
  • Please ensure you have permission from your school, college or university to visit the museum with your students

What you can book

You can make a booking request online.

You’ll receive a friendly welcome and goodbye at the museum from one of our Explainers. You can store your bags and stay for lunch, so whichever options you choose, your students will have plenty of time to explore everything we have to offer.

General visit

PRICE: Free

Enjoy a self-guided visit to the museum’s galleries and exhibitions. Your visit will include time to explore the following:

Please note that Life Online, Experience TV, the Animation Gallery and BFI Mediatheque are currently temporarily unavailable.

IMAX 3D cinema

Price: £5 per person

Experience a 45-minute 3D documentary in our spectacular IMAX cinema—at 60ft in height, it’s the biggest and most immersive screen in the region. All films start at 12.30. Choose from three fantastic options:

Games Lounge

Price: £2 per person

Treat your students to fun, hands-on learning about the history of videogames in our Games Lounge. They’ll learn about the evolution of digital gaming and animation within videogames—and also get a chance to play iconic console and arcade games!

Lunch space

Price: Free

Add a lunch space to your visit and your group can enjoy their packed lunch at the museum. We’ll make our Makespace picnic area available to you for an half-hour break.

What to expect on the day

    Your visit will involve the following steps:

    • Arrive at the main museum entrance for your visit prior to 10.00
    • Have your ticket (on your phone or printed) ready to scan
    • Give your school’s name at the door
    • One of our team will accompany you to a scanner
    • Our Explainers will greet your group and show you where to store your bags
    • Head straight to our brand-new experience Wonderlab Live, where Explainers will be on hand to help students engage with the interactive exhibits and deliver live demos
    • Explore the museum in half-hour slots via our one-way system
    • At the end of your visit, an Explainer will help you collect your belongings and leave the museum

    Essential information for your visit

    • The adult:student ratio is 1:8 for KS2 and 1:10 for KS3; proactive supervision is required at all times.
    • If you arrive late, we will be unable to extend your visit due to limited capacity in the galleries throughout the day and the need to reopen to the public in the afternoon. Please arrive on time to avoid disappointment
    • Toilets throughout the museum will be open for your group to use
    • If you have booked a lunch space, you will also be able to access our Makespace picnic area on Level 4
    • We will have social distancing measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety
    • School groups are not currently allowed to visit our shop

    You may find the below information and resources useful when organising your visit:

    You can find more detailed information about health and safety, facilities and accessibility in our reopening FAQ

    Health and safety

    • All our galleries have plenty of room for your group to socially distance
    • Please remind students that they are visiting a public building that’s different from school, and they must respect social distancing for other people outside their bubble
    • Throughout the museum you will find signage explaining how many people can use facilities and exhibits at a time; all group members must follow this
    • For the safety of students, some interactive exhibits are not in use, including those involving the mouth or close contact with the face; however, the vast majority are open
    • Face coverings must be worn by anyone over the age of 11 unless they are exempt; this is in line with government guidelines
    • An enhanced cleaning regime is in place and hand sanitisers are located throughout the galleries. For more information on our safety measures, please refer to our reopening FAQ
    • To maintain social distancing, our lifts are reserved for people who need to use them. Where possible, please take the stairs to move between floors

    Contact us

    As our Learning team are currently working from home, unfortunately we can’t take phone calls at this time.

    If you can’t find the answers you need on this page, you can reach us at learning@scienceandmediamuseum.org.uk. Please include your order number, school name and visit date in your email.