Planning and Booking your visit

Children sitting in the Main Foyer.
All school visits to the Museum must be booked in advance. Overcrowding in galleries can be a problem at peak times and reduces enjoyment and educational benefits for both school groups and other visitors.
To ensure fairness, we require all bookings requests to be made by email using the form via the link on the right and where possible, please plan to book at least two weeks in advance
For general enquiries please email or call the Education Administration Officer on 82077429
*this office is usually unattended on Wednesdays 

Access to the Discovery Centre for all school visits can only be booked between 10:00 and 11:00 daily for metro schools and at other times by arrangement for regional schools.

For all Discovery Centre bookings please phone: 8207 7404
Schools groups will not be admitted without a booking.

Organising your visit

To ensure all visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit, can you please read through the guidlines below and share relevant information with your students in advance.

Importantly, students aren't permitted to carry bags with them in the galleries and we have very limited storage so please plan your visit with minimum belongings.

If you are allocated bag storage space, it is only for use during your visit in the Museum and all belongings must be collected when you leave.

Museum rules & guidelines

Safety for school excursions

Museum map


Education Manager & Education volunteers

Some Museum visits are led by a staff or volunteer Museum educator while others are self-guided.

Educator facilitated lessons

Lessons with a staff or volunteer Museum educator will be booked into a gallery for one hour. These sessions will usually involve approximately 45 minutes facilitated learning time and the remaining time can be used for students to browse the gallery at their leisure or to complete activities set by their teacher. We have a very small team and limited sessions available.

Self-guided visits

For self-guided visits, galleries are generally booked for your class for one hour. Extensions of time can be negotiated. Teachers may use print materials developed by the Museum or create their own programs using our ideas for teaching.