Plan your school's visit

Exciting developments are happening in the Museum in 2020 as we begin work installing a series of new display cases. That does mean that in the short term, since not all our items on display will bei n their normal place, our taught session and trails will undergo a period of transition. We'll update these pages as soon as we have a new roster of learning content based around the new displays.

Booking procedure

Advance booking is essential, even for self-guided visits.

Please fill out our online form here or call us on 01865 282 451 to arrange your visit. You will receive booking confirmation with our standard terms and conditions; the invoice will follow.


Students must be adequately supervised during their visit: 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 270 927).

Session costs

Session Max numbers Charge
Primary school workshops facilitated by education officer 32 £100
Secondary school workshops facilitated by education officer 50 £100
Introduction to the Museum for secondary art groups 60 £35
Introduction to the Museum for secondary science groups 60 £35
Bespoke school programmes (full day, selection of workshops) Flexible Contact us
Self-guided groups 60 Free (but must book)
Self-guided foreign language/summer school groups 75 Free (but must book)
Lunchroom 32 £25

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 café is situated in the upper gallery overlooking the dinosaurs; child-friendly options are available. 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

We are unable to provide parking facilities for visiting school groups. Due to weight restrictions, coaches must not turn into the Museum forecourt. Coaches are usually able to drop-off on Museum Road or St Giles. Read more information about travelling to the Museum.

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