Information for Visiting Schools

Booking procedure

Advance booking is essential, even for self-guided visits. Start your booking process online or call us on 01865 282451 to arrange your visit. You will receive a booking confirmation with our standard terms and conditions, and the invoice will follow after.


Students must be adequately supervised during their visit, and we require a ratio of at least one adult to ten children. If you also wish to visit the Pitt Rivers Museum, you must book separately (telephone 01865 613031).

Session costs

Session Maximum numbers Charge  
Primary school workshops facilitated by education officer 32 £100 Booking required
Secondary school workshops facilitated by education officer 50 £100 Booking required
Introduction to the Museum for secondary art groups 40 £35 Booking required
Introduction to the Museum for secondary science groups 60 £35 Booking required
Bespoke school programmes (full day, selection of workshops) Flexible Variable Please contact us on 01865 282451
Self-guided primary groups 45 Free  Booking required
Self-guided secondary groups 60 Free  Booking required
Self-guided foreign language/summer school groups 40 £1.50 per visitor Booking required
Lunchroom 32 £25 Booking required

Opening times

Pre-booked school parties may visit from 10am. The Museum is open to the public every day from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free.

Disabled access

There is wheelchair access for the ground floor and a lift to the upper gallery. Disabled parking is available. Please speak to the education officers for details.


Lunch can be eaten on the Museum lawn and in the nearby University Parks in fine weather. The Museum does have a lunchroom, but it is in high demand and should be booked at the same time as your visit (a charge applies). No eating or drinking is allowed elsewhere in the Museum.

Parking and coaches

Before your visit to the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, please read this information and share it with your coach driver:

Please do not stop on Parks Road for school drop-offs and pick-ups.

Due to extensive construction work taking place on Parks Road (the road on which the Museum is located) you must not stop, drop off or pick up your school party on this road. The increase in large construction vehicles outside of the Museum, along with the road works and alterations to the cycle lane, makes it very dangerous for coaches to stop on Parks Road.

Please use Keble Road for school drop-offs and pick-ups.

We have identified Keble Road as the safest place for coaches to drop off and pick up school parties. This is just to stop for a brief amount of time. It is best to approach Keble Road from North Oxford, travelling through Summertown and the Banbury Road. After dropping off/picking up your school party, you can exit Keble Road by making a loop round to the left, turning down Blackhall Road then Museum Road. Please see the map below for the route to take. The map also shows the walking route for school parties, including where to cross at the pedestrian crossing to reach the Museum.

coach arrivals' map 2021

Toilets and cloakroom

The Museum has toilets that are for use by the general public and school groups. Please check if you wish to use our cloakroom facilities for schools. The cloakroom is not a secure area, so valuables should not be left there.


The Museum shop is open from 10am every day. There is a range of goods available for under £2.50. The shop is small, so please visit in groups of ten. 

Risk assessment

If you would like a risk assessment to help you plan your visit, please contact us at