School and Community Group Visits

We welcome groups to visit the Museum. To book your visit, please select one of the types of visit below then look at our information on booking and planning your visit. All group visits must complete a booking form.

A Facilitated Visit…is led by a member of the Museum Education staff. Usually lasting an hour and a half including time to explore the museum galleries and will include an object handling session. This service is subject to staff availability and should be booked at least four weeks in advance. If you have requested a facilitated visit, a member of the Education staff will contact you to arrange a pre-visit meeting and to discuss your requirements. To get an idea of the sessions we have available for your group, please select the age range of your group: Early Years,Primary,SecondaryLife-Long Learners.

Facilitated sessions are currently only available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A Welcome Talk…. is led by a member of the Museum staff and usually lasts 10 minutes. This will include a very general introduction to the Museum and one or two key objects, with an opportunity for questions. If you have requested a welcome talk, a member of staff will contact you to confirm availability.

A Self-directed Visit…. is run entirely by the teacher or group leader. If you would like to arrange a pre-visit to help you to plan this visit, please email with your questions.

Outreach Visit: Currently we do not have the capacity to offer outreach visits.

EFL Students/ HE Visits: As well as schools we welcome other pre-booked groups to the museum, including Higher Education, Life Long learning and EFL Schools.
All groups will need to be booked at least two weeks in advance. If you come to the museum without making a booking you may be refused entrance.
Unfortunately the Museum cannot offer any taught sessions for EFL students, however we may be able to provide your group with a short welcome talk depending on staff availability.

Booking Form
All bookings can only be confirmed once a completed booking form has been received by the Education Officer. To download the form and read other details for planning your visit please visit Booking and Planning Your Visit. Please send completed forms to:

Monday to Friday
10:00 to 13:00 & 14:00 to 17:00

10:00 to 16:00


Jun 17, 2014

The discovery of over 100 fossils of a tiny extinct creature called Metaspriggina from Cambrian age strata, between 500 and 515 million years old and exposed in a number of localities across North America, is helping to clarify our understanding of early fish evolution.

May 23, 2014

A geologically distinctive cobblestone in the Old Court, Clare College in the University of Cambridge has recently been engraved with the initials CLF and relaid in the courtyard. The initials belong to the late Dr Colin Forbes, onetime curator of the University’s Sedgwick Museum.