Early Years

The Museum is an inspiring setting for early years learning. It offers a range of fun and informative hands-on sessions and online resources. Visits are up to two hours long and include a 30-minute handling workshop and a self-guided trail in the Museum. Please book to arrange your visit.

Dinosaur Hunters

You may have been on a ‘bear hunt’ at nursery, but now you can take your children on a ‘dinosaur hunt’ and you’re guaranteed to find a big one!

During your visit, the class will split into two groups and rotate between a self-guided ‘We’re Going on a Dinosaur Hunt’ trail with their own mini dinosaurs, and a handling session in the Museum classroom exploring what dinosaurs were and what we know about them.

Funny Bones

Starting with a reading of Funny Bones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, we explore what a skeleton is and why animals have them. See and touch different skeleton types and handle live bugs to feel their super skeletons!

Nursery Rhyme Animals

Explore the real characters behind Humpty Dumpty and Incy-Wincy Spider, and learn how we classify life around us. Using real Museum specimens and familiar nursery rhymes, we investigate what mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and bugs are, and decide what kind of egg Humpty might have been!

Bug Bonanaza

After reading The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields, we explore the wonderful world of bugs and minibeasts and find out what makes an insect an insect and a spider a spider. Explore some of the Museum's spectacular five million pinned insects and meet some live ones too!

The Snake's Tale

Take our super-sized soft snake on a self-guided slither around the Museum to see our spectacular specimens. Your journey is guided by the snake’s story and a map showing where to discover the creatures he met along the way. The snake poses questions for observant little eyes to find the answers to. Each snake can take six children and one adult on a tour – we have several snakes for you to borrow!

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