The following steps and information will help you plan your itinerary:
- First, decide what to See and do. You can also find trails and apps to help students explore the museum.
- Read the FAQs below for practical information about lunch spaces, supervision, and visiting the shop etc.
- Check for gallery closures that might impact on your plans.
- Request your visit using the visit request form or call us on 020 7942 4777.
Phone lines are usually open on Monday to Wednesday: 08.45–16.30 and Thursday to Friday: 08.45–15.15. (Times may vary during school holidays.)
- Once we've processed your request we will email you to confirm your booking.
Our hands-on areas Wonderlab: The Equinor Gallery, The Garden and Pattern Pod are very popular and get booked up well in advance. If they are not listed in our confirmation email, your group will not be allowed to enter.
How much does it cost?
Entry to the museum is free, but charges apply for some activities—please check the individual webpages for details.
For schools that request charged activities we will send an invoice and payment is due at least 28 days before the visit, or immediately if your booking is made within 28 days of the visit.
We ask home educating families and travel operators to pay for charged activities by card at the time of booking.
What time does the museum open?
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.
Do I need to book my visit?
We ask all educational groups to book in advance. This means we can send you information that might affect your trip and it makes check-in quicker and easier when you arrive. Additionally we allocate timeslots for some activities so you must request places in advance.
Can I make a provisional booking?
No, all of our visits are confirmed bookings. You can make changes to, or cancel, charged activities up to 28 days before the visit. After this date your organisation is liable for the cost even if you do not take up the places. Please read our full booking and cancellation terms.
Can I cancel my booking?
You can cancel charged activities up to 28 days before your visit. After this date you are liable for the cost even if you do not take up the places. Please read our full booking and cancellation terms.
Even if you don't have charged activities please tell us if you are no longer able to attend.
I am collecting money from students, what’s the latest I can confirm numbers?
For charged activities you can amend numbers up to 28 days before the visit. Please set your deadline for collecting students' money with enough time to tell us about changes. After the 28-day cut-off your organisation is liable for the cost of all the tickets you have booked, even if you do not take up the places.
How many adults do I need to bring?
General visits require 1 adult for every 15 students and specific activities require more adults – please check the individual web pages for details. Students aged 16 and over require one responsible adult.
Please ensure you have enough adults before you request your visit. Students arriving without accompanying adults may not be allowed into the Museum.
Why do TEACHERS need to stay with STUDENTS all the time?
If you are not with your group our zonal evacuation procedure could result in your students being evacuated while you are in an unaffected part of the building, or vice versa.
Is there a code of conduct?
The museum is a public place so please remind students to respect other visitors, exhibits and museum staff. Poor behaviour could mean that students are asked to leave.
CAN I book a lunch room?
We do not pre-book lunch areas, but you are welcome to use:
- The picnic terraces on Level -1
- The picnic area on Level 3
- Any quiet, uncarpeted corners of the Museum (except the Group Entrance area)
Be careful not to block through-routes, doors or stairs, and please tidy up rubbish once you have finished eating. You may not eat packed lunches in the Museum's cafés.
Snacks and drinks can be bought from the Eat Drink Shop on Level -1.
Can you supply lunches?
Lunch bags can be pre-ordered from our caterers, Benugo, at £4.50 per person. Each contains a ham or cheese (v) sandwich, popcorn packet, a piece of fruit and bottle of water. Alternatives are available for special diets.
Call 020 7942 4483 or email email@example.com to place an order, giving the date of your visit and the number of ham and cheese sandwiches required. Benugo will send an invoice for the cost.
Can we visit the shop?
Our shops get very busy, so we recommend visiting in small groups across the day rather than just before you leave. Your help in supporting students with their purchases is invaluable, especially at the tills.
Can we pre-order goody bags?
Avoid the shop by pre-ordering souvenirs ready for collection on the day:
- Space goody bag—£5 each (RRP £6.50). Contains planet pencil, NASA eraser and lenticular jotter. For ages 8-12 years.
- Science Museum goody bag—£5 each (RRP £7.50). Contains notebook, pencil, badge, magnet and postcard. For age 8 upwards.
- Toys goody bag—£5 each (RRP £7.00). Contains playfoam, rainbow slinky and spiky light-up ball. For ages 6-10 years.
Contact our Shop team on firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. We may need to substitute items due to stock availability.
Can I make a planning visit?
If you haven't visited with your class before, we recommend a pre-visit to familiarise yourself with the galleries, test run our activity sheets and plan your routes around the building. Contact us in advance to request teacher preview tickets for Wonderlab, IMAX films and special exhibitions so that you can assess suitability.
Will any of the galleries be closed when we visit?
Check for gallery closures that might impact on your plans.
Is the museum fully accessible?
Visit our Accessibility page for general information and please tell us about any access requirements when you make your booking so that we can provide the best advice.
Where is the Science Museum?
This map shows the location of the Science Museum in South Kensington and which entrance to use with your group.
Is there parking at the museum?
Please see our Getting Here page
WHERE CAN WE PARK our minibus bringing students with SEND?
For groups requiring easy access into the museum we have parking for one small-sized minibus (no longer than 4.6m) close to the Group Entrance. This parking must be reserved in advance, so please request it when booking your visit.
If the bay is not available, there are two parking spaces for disabled badge-holders near the main entrance of the museum, although these belong to the RBKC Council and cannot be reserved.