Our opening times are 10.00 - 16.30 Tuesdays to Sundays inclusive. Also open Bank Holiday Mondays. Closed 24-26 December and 31st December. Special opening hours can sometimes be arranged for larger schools groups if required. School groups normally spend a minimum of an hour in the museum and usually longer. If you are using our activities, or taking part in an educational workshop more time will be needed.
We are keen to encourage teachers bringing school groups to come to us for a planning meeting in advance of the visit. That meeting is usually with our education co-ordinator at a flexible time arranged to suit both parties, which does not necessarily have to be during museum opening hours. Evenings and weekends are sometimes possible. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your meeting.
Of course there is no need to spend time in the shop but many school groups do like an opportunity to buy small souvenirs. The museum shop sells books, gifts and souvenirs suitable for all ages and budgets, including pocket money souvenirs
60 is the largest size of group we can accommodate, and one of that size needs careful planning. Although the building is quite large, the logistics of the day have to be thought through in advance, taking account of the needs of our other visitors. With a group like that, we find the visit works best if one of the activities takes place off-site, such as a boat-trip or a towpath walk. For a single class of up to 30, the off-site element is not so necessary, but we do find that a boat trip adds a lot to any visit. We have a number of activities available covering a range of topics and suitable for different age-groups. Some of these are designed to be teacher-led, others are workshops that need to be led by somebody from the museum.
A well-tried pattern that we find works well (either for a single class of up to 30 or for two classes totalling up to 60) is as follows : The group will arrive at about 10:00 or 10:30 and will have a welcome and introductory talk by a somebosy from the museum. They then divide into three groups which take it in turns to do three activities, with a break between the second and third activities for them to eat their packed lunch. They depart at something like 2:30. Of the three activities, one will be either a boat trip or a towpath walk, one will need to be teacher-led and the third can be either teacher-led or museum-volunteer led. Each activity will take about 50 minutes. That's not the only possible pattern, and shorter visits can be arranged..
Telephone on 020 7713 0836 (between 1000 and 1600 Tuesdays to Sundays) to reserve your date and time. You can contact email@example.com to arrange your visit by e-mail. It is often a goods idea, especially where workshops are required or or other help from museum staff is needed, to talk to us about the visit in advance. E-mail us and our education co-ordinator will get in touch. Please give phone numbers where you will be available day and evening.
We accept payment by cheques drawn on school accounts (or personal cheques with guarantee card), and we accept all major credit and debit cards except American Express and Diners Club. An additional charge is made for educational workshops, boat trips or other supplementary activities.
Our admission prices for school parties are as follows : For a visit including a workshop activity led by a museum person, £3.75 per pupil, For a visit not including such an activity, £1.50 per pupil. In each case we allow free entry for a sensible number of teachers and other accompanying adults. We will judge what is a sensible number (depending on the age etc of the children) and any additional adults above that number will be charged at the adult group rate of £3.50 each.