School visits

Planning your visit

Planning your visit

Plan a self-led visit to the Museum to see the permanent collection or special exhibitions, or combine your visit with a facilitated session.

It's a good idea to come and see the Museum before your visit. Whatever your plans, please book in advance via the Ticket Desk to make sure you get the most out of your trip.

Self-led visits

There are visit resources, information sheets and activity ideas available for many galleries.

Full list of downloadable resources 

School sessions

Combine your visit with a workshop led by the Museum's Schools team.

More about school sessions 

Exhibition visits

We offer a schools programme alongside all of our special exhibitions including free access to special exhibitions for all school groups.

More about our special exhibitions school programmes 

For further advice on planning your visit, contact the Schools team.

learning@britishmuseum.org

Booking your visit

Contact the Ticket Desk

+44 (0)20 7323 8181

tickets@britishmuseum.org

What you need to know

Before you call or email us to book your visit, please have the following information ready:
• 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of date and time
• Number of students and adults
• Galleries you want to visit
• Access or special requirements

Confirmation should be within two weeks.

Cancellation

If you are not able to attend a session you must inform the Ticket Desk at least three weeks before the session date. Failure to do so may incur a charge.

See full terms and conditions 

Gallery availability

Please book at least one term in advance and wait for confirmation before making travel plans. Greek and Egyptian galleries book up quickly. Opening times of some galleries may be limited at short notice – you will be contacted if necessary.

Access and special educational needs

The majority of galleries and all special exhibitions are fully accessible. There is a range of facilities for visual, hearing and mobility impaired students.

More information 

Risk assessments

All the information you need to enable you to complete your risk assessment for a trip to the Museum, including information about sessions taught by Museum staff.

Risk assessments 2015 

For your visit

Travel

Getting here 

Disabled parking 

Coach parties are advised to use the metered parking at Montague Place. There is space for up to 6 coaches.

Accessing facilities for schools

The Clore Centre for Education, the Ford Centre for Young Visitors and the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre can be accessed via the Great Court. Take the stairs on the east side of the Great Court down to the lower levels.

Accessing the galleries

Explore these interactive maps to help you navigate the Museum.

Floor plans and galleries 

Lunch space and lockers

You can book a lunch space and lockers in the Ford Centre for Young Visitors. Please ask for more details when booking your visit.

Visit resources

Download free resources, information sheets and activity ideas for your visit.

Primary school resources 

Secondary school resources 

A full list of galleries to visit