On weekdays in term time please enter via the Group Entrance on Imperial College Road. At weekends use the Main Entrance on Exhibition Road.
Entry is free but charges apply for some activities.
Open daily from 10.00 to 18.00. Closed 24-26 December.
Hands-on galleries -Launchpad, The Garden and Pattern Pod
These areas require pre-booking for visits on term-time weekdays. If they are not listed on your Visit Confirmation Letter your students will not be allowed to enter.
Supervision and code of conduct
For health and safety reasons you must accompany and actively supervise your students at all times. Unsupervised students and/or poor behaviour could mean that your group is asked to leave. The Museum is a public place so please remind students to respect other visitors, Museum exhibits and Museum staff.
General visits require 1 adult for every 15 students; specific activities require more supervision. Students aged 16 and over require one supervisory adult.
Please ensure you have enough adults before you request your visit. Students arriving without accompanying adults will not be allowed into the Museum.
We strongly recommend you come on a preliminary planning visit to help you plan your itinerary and routes around the Museum.
Our Health and Safety Information Sheet (pdf) will help you complete your own risk assessment paperwork.
Make copies of the Museum map for adults and students.
Storage for coats and bags
On weekdays lockable storage is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis at the Group Entrance. Space is limited, so please bring as little as possible. We do not have room for large bags or suitcases.
Storage is not available at weekends or during holidays.
We do not pre-book lunch areas. Use the picnic terraces in the basement, Launchpad City on the third floor or any quiet uncarpeted areas of the Museum. Packed lunches must not be eaten in the Museum's cafes but snacks can be bought from the Eat Drink Shop in the basement.
Lunch bags can be pre-ordered at £3.50 each, containing a ham or cheese (v) baguette, blueberry muffin, raisin box and bottle of water. Call 020 7942 4483, telling us the number of ham and cheese baguettes required. Alternatives are available for special diets.
Our shops on the ground and third floors get busy so plan to visit during the day rather than just before you leave. Goodie bags can be pre-ordered on 020 7942 4499.
Toilets are located throughout the Museum. Those marked 'boys' and 'girls' in the basement are not exclusively for children and may be used by adults.
Throughout the Museum many irreplaceable exhibits are on open display so you can get close to them. To preserve their longevity please remind students not to touch or climb on them.
Photography, sound recordings and videoing are not allowed in the IMAX Cinema. Elsewhere handheld photography and filming are permitted, but tripods may not be used.
Changing your booking
You can change or cancel your booking for charged activities up to two weeks before your visit. After this you are liable for the cost even if you do not take up the places. If collecting monies from students please allow enough time to tell us about changes in numbers. Please read our full Booking terms.
Cancelling your booking
If you need to cancel your visit please tell so we can release your slots to other groups.
If your itinerary includes charged activities you must send your cancellation in writing at least two weeks before the visit date. After this date you will be liable for the cost of the events. Please read our full Booking terms.