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Ignite curiosity in science and maths in our interactive gallery and watch an inspiring science show, a must-do for KS2 and KS3. 

The experience for schools has been adapted to adhere to Government guidelines and to ensure your visit is safe and enjoyable.

For visits up to 16 October 2020 (Wednesdays - Fridays).

Looking to book a visit beyond 16 October? Sign up to our Teacher News emails to be contacted when more dates are released.

 

Available dates

What will my visit look like?

  1. Arrive at the main museum entrance for 10.15, head straight up the stairs to Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery on Level 3. Our Explainers will greet your class and show you where to store your bags.

  2. Watch a 20-minute science show first, then have 60 minutes exploring the interactive exhibits. Explainers will be on hand to help students engage with the exhibits, and deliver live demos.
  3. At the end of your time slot, collect your belongings and leave the museum.

Key information before you request a visit

  • One session is available per day on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays—please check available dates above.
  • The session is for up to 40 people in the same established bubble (students and accompanying adults).
  • Each session runs from 10.30–11.50 (please do not be late).
  • You will be the only school group during your session (plus some members of the public).
  • Bookings must be made at least two weeks before your planned visit date.
  • The TfL School Party Travel Scheme is currently suspended (as at September 2020). Please check the TfL website for the latest situation.

What else do I need to know?

  • Wonderlab is a very spacious gallery with plenty of room for your group to socially distance.
  • The adult:student ratio is 1:8 for KS2 and 1:10 for KS3 and proactive supervision is required at all times. 
  • If you arrive late for a session, we are unlikely to be able to extend your visit due to limited capacity in the gallery throughout the day. 
  • For the safety of students, some exhibits are not in use, including those involving the mouth or close contact with the face. However, over 30 exhibits will be open. 
  • An enhanced cleaning regime is in place and hand sanitisers are located throughout the gallery. For more information on our safety measures, please refer to our FAQs.
  • Toilets in Wonderlab are open for your group to use during the session. These facilities are also open to members of the public in Wonderlab.
  • Face coverings must be worn by anyone over the age of 11 unless they are exempt. This is in line with Government guidelines. Please see more information on our FAQ page.  
  • During your visit, you will only be able to visit Wonderlab and the science show. Your group cannot visit other areas of the museum. If you prefer to explore the rest of the museum, you can request a self-guided school visit instead.
  • Our picnic areas on levels 2 and 3 are open (adjacent to Wonderlab on level 3 or directly below Wonderlab on level 2) but we recommend you eat lunch back at school or in an outside space if you can. Our picnic areas will be shared with members of the public. 
  • Our usual group entrance area is closed and your class will enter and depart via the main  entrance and exit along with other visitors. We will have social distance measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety..
  • School groups are not currently allowed to visit our shops. However you can pre-order goody bags for collection on the day. Information about how to do this will be provided once your visit is confirmed.
  • Find health and safety information to help you complete your risk assessment.
  • Our insurance confirmation letter (PDF) provides details about our public liability insurance.
  • For more information, please visit our re-opening FAQs page.

Resources to support your visit

The Wonderlab Gallery Guide and themed PDFs tell you more about the science and maths underpinning the exhibits:

How to book

Request a visit via our online form. We will process your request and send confirmation by email, or we'll contact you if we need to discuss things. 

Please note: our school group phone lines are currently closed while we work from home. Please check the information on our website in the first instance. If you cannot find the answer you need, we can be reached on edbookings@sciencemuseum.ac.uk.