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Before you book an educational group visit to the Science Museum, please read the following information.

First, you'll need to decide what to include in your itinerary using our See and do for schools page. You can also find trails and apps to help students explore the museum.

To ensure your visit runs smoothly, we ask all educational groups to book in advance.

The easiest way to book is online, using our visit request form.

Alternatively, you can call us on 020 7942 4777 on Monday to Wednesday: 08.45–16.30 or Thursday to Friday: 08.45–15.15. Times may vary during school holiday periods.

This film provides an introduction to visiting the Science Museum:

Essential information


On weekdays, educational groups enter via the Group Entrance on Imperial College Road. At weekends, please use the Main Entrance on Exhibition Road. See Getting to the Museum below for travel information and maps.

Admission costs

Entry to the Museum is free, but charges apply for some activities. See individual events and gallery pages for details.

Opening times

The Museum is normally open daily 10.00–18.00 (19.00 during school holidays) and is closed 24 to 26 December. Any changes will be listed on our visiting pages.

Interactive galleries

Our hands-on areas are very popular and require pre-booking so they don't get too busy.

Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery requires pre-booking by schools and education groups visiting at any time.

The Garden and Pattern Pod require pre-booking for visits on weekdays during term time.

Please tell us at the time of booking if you would like to include these areas in your itinerary. If they are not listed on your visit confirmation letter, your group will not be allowed to enter.

Preliminary visits

If possible, make a preliminary visit to familiarise yourself with the galleries and plan your routes around the Museum. Ask us about teacher preview tickets for IMAX films, Wonderlab and special exhibitions.

Gallery closureS

The Museum is undergoing an exciting redevelopment and some galleries are closed while we create new displays. Check for gallery closures that might impact on your plans.

Running late?

Let us know as early as possible on 020 7942 4777 and we will do our best to rearrange any pre-booked activities for you.

Health and safety

Lunch spaces and shops

Other practical information

Changes to your booking

Getting to the Museum