Self Lead Visits

Things to know before your visit


Your Timetable

Please download your timetable(s) that you have booked for your visit(s):

Archaeology and Egypt A Timetable 

Archaeology and Egypt B Timetable

Natural History Timetable


Please download a copy of our Museum Map with the key to the Museum Zones for Schools

Getting Here 

There is a drop-off point for coaches outside the museum on Oxford Road. Mini buses can park at Cecil street car park. The museum is also on a major bus route and a short walk from rail and tram spots. Plan your visit here.



More information about accessibility can be found on the Space for everyone page of our website. If a pupil in your class needs to access to the quiet room or to borrow a sensory bag please let us know in advance. 



The Museum Shop is full of souvenirs inspired by our collections and prices start from 50p.   


Things to do before your visit


Risk assessment and safety:

Our Museum Hazard ID document and General Site Risk Assessment are available to download from the Things to know before you visit part of our website. They will help you to produce your own risk assessment for your visit. You are welcome to arrange book a site visit ahead of your school visit to carry out your risk assessment and we are happy to arrange for you to meet a member of the team to discuss this. Please email to arrange this.


Please note that teachers (or other accompanying adults) remain responsible for the general health and safety of children, as at school. Teachers (or other adults) should remain with their primary and secondary school groups at all times.


The minimum adult to pupil ratios that we recommend for schools visits is: 1:6 for Early Years & KS1; 1:8 for KS2, 1:15 for KS3, KS4 & Post-16. Note this excludes adults providing 1:1 support.

Primary School Groups

General self-led pre-visit resources

To support self-led visits, we have produced some free resources to help you and your pupils prepare.

The Big Question

If you have booked ‘The Big Question' you can bring your topic to life and connect with our curators through a combination of free pre-and post-visit resources, all helping your pupils to look, connect, explain and wonder.  We are delighted to offer KS1 (dinosaurs), KS2 (ancient Egypt & dinosaurs) and SEND / KS2 (careers). A short film presented by one of our curators will frame your museum visit around an open-ended enquiry prompt that will support you to plan a whole topic linked to the collection. Alongside this you will have access to a downloadable (and editable) resource pack to help introduce the enquiry question before visiting with simple classroom activities, ideas for using the galleries during your visit, and prompts to use back at school. Find out more about our Big Questions.


If you would like to add this resource to your visit please email, providing information about your visit date, timetable, school name and the resource you would like to use.


Secondary & Post-16 Groups

We have produced a Gallery Guide for teachers, adult helpers and other group leaders who will be supporting pupils and students during a museum visit. You will find information about each gallery including:


  • Gallery Information: a brief overview of the gallery
  • A ‘hidden gem’ object: selected by staff and accompanied by an image
  • A series of ‘Question Prompts’ that you may wish to use with your group to encourage further discussion
  • ‘Curriculum Links’ for different key stages
  • Notes on the space and content: details of any content or features of the physical space that you may find useful to know about in advance