Bookings and visit information

All group visits must be booked in advance. For busy times of the school year, booking two or three months in advance is advisable.

The Museum is normally open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm. However, educational visits can take place on any weekday between 9am and 5pm, including Mondays. Facilitated visits are subject to the availability of a member of the learning team.

School bookings

To make a booking enquiry, please contact us as below. 

We will contact you to confirm availability and visit details. This will be followed by a booking form to complete and return.

Your booking will be confirmed once we send a booking confirmation by email and an invoice will be sent from the University within 30 days of your visit.

PLEASE NOTE: If you cancel more than 28 days before the date of your visit you will receive a full refund. If you cancel less than 28 days before the date of your visit you will be invoiced for the full amount.

Primary school bookings:

Primary sessions can usually be booked for Mondays and Wednesdays, although with notice it may be possible to accommodate other days.

Please email learning@mhs.ox.ac.uk or use our online form to make a booking enquiry. 

Secondary school and post-16 bookings:

Secondary and post-16 sessions can usually be booked for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Please email learning@mhs.ox.ac.uk or use our online form to make a booking enquiry.

Other group visits:

Complete our online form.

Charges

Oxford University Museums charge for facilitated educational sessions. The income from this helps sustain the Museums’ award-winning schools service.

Session Max numbers Charge
Primary school workshop (KS1, KS2) facilitated by a member of the learning team 32 £100.00
Secondary school science workshops (KS3, 4, 5) facilitated by a member of the learning team 20-30 £100.00
Bespoke sessions including school programmes (full day, selection of workshops, extended projects) Flexible Contact us
Introduction to the museum for secondary art groups (20 minutes) 30 £35.00
Introduction to the museum for other secondary groups (20 minutes) 30 £35.00
Self-guided groups 30 Free (but must book)

VAT is not normally applicable.

Exemptions apply to state-funded special educational needs schools/units, schools visiting as part of the University’s access programme, and groups from higher education courses that are supported by HEFCE funding.

Useful documents to help you plan your visit

General risk assessment for schools visits
Code of conduct for group visits
Museum guide and floor plan
Child and Adults at Risk Protection Policy

Supervision

Normally we recommend a staffing ratio of at least one adult to ten children.

Numbers

The number of students that can be accommodated in a single visit will depend on the nature of the activity. This may vary between 25 and 50 students. Please direct enquiries to the relevant member of the learning team.

Toilets and cloakroom

The Museum has toilets that are available for use by school groups. These facilities are limited, so group leaders are advised to plan accordingly. Please note that there is no lockable storage for bags and coats, although personal belongings can be left in designated areas at owners' risk.

Visitors with additional needs

Unfortunately, due to the age and configuration of the building, the Museum has limited wheelchair access. Please speak to a member of the learning team for details if you require level access.

Parking and coaches

The Museum is unable to provide parking facilities for visitors. Coaches are able to drop-off and pick-up in nearby Parks Road opposite the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, from which the Museum is a short walk. Parking for coaches and minibuses is available at the city’s Redbridge Park and Ride.

 

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Lunch

We have no regular lunch facilities at the Museum, although occasionally it may be possible to book the education room for this purpose (maximum capacity: 25). In fine weather, lunch can be eaten in the University Parks, which are a short walk away, or on the lawn outside the Museum of Natural History on Parks Road. No eating or drinking is allowed in the History of Science Museum.

Alternatively, you may wish to enquire at one of the following possible lunch venues which are all nearby and available at very reasonable rates:

  • Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DH
  • St. Michael at Northgate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY
    • Tel. 01865 240 940: can accommodate 5060 pupils
  • New Road Baptist Hall, New Road Baptist Church, Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ
    • Tel. 01865 798235: 5060 pupils

Combined visits across the Oxford University Museums and Collections

You may wish to consider combining your visit to the History of Science Museum with a visit to one or more of the other Oxford University museums and collections. See a list of the University’s museums and collections learning programmes.

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Sessions for primary schools

Take a look at our session outlines for early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

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Sessions for secondary schools

Take a look at our session outlines for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

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Book online now

Use our online form to enquire about visiting the Museum with your school group.

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