Planning and booking your visit

We’ve made some changes this year to ensure teachers and their pupils can engage safely in our programme and are able to make the most of the wonderful learning opportunities our collections have to offer.

Browse our full programme here and also check out our new blended learning programme Museum on the Move which is back for the 2022/23 school year. 

How do I book?

We are anticipating lots of interest in education bookings for the new school term and our team will be working through online and email enquiries in the order they are received. Please be assured that your enquiry will be dealt with and we will do our best to accommodate your booking. 

To book, fill in our online booking request form and we will get back to you with information on availability.

Or contact us via email at:

Please note, all school group visits must be pre-booked, including self-guided visits. A minimum four weeks’ notice is required to book learning sessions and a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice required for self-guided visits. Read over our handy pre-visit guide for teachers here to keep you right.

How do I pay for my booking?

Payment can be made in advance of your visit, or on the day. We accept payments via credit/debit card, or by cheque. If you require an invoice, please supply us with a PO number at the time of booking. Invoices must be paid within 30 days.

What happens if I need to cancel my booking?

Sessions cancelled within two weeks of the date will be liable to the full charge, unless due to self-isolation or ill health. If we need to cancel your booking due to unforeseen circumstances, we will aim to give you 14 days' prior notice of a cancellation and offer an alternative date. We'll refund your payment if a suitable alternative date cannot be found.

What facilities are available for schools?

Each of our sites has dedicated learning spaces and lunch rooms for school groups, and accessible toilets and changing facilities. Lunchrooms are available to book in 30 minute slots, and must be reserved at the point of booking.

On arrival at the museum, go to reception and a member of our team will welcome your group, show you where to store bags and coats and invite everyone in the group to enjoy a safe and memorable day at the museum! 

How is the museum keeping school visitors safe?

We are still living with Covid-19 so our museums continue to operate under latest Government advice and enhanced cleaning regimes are still in place across all museum sites to make everyone feel safe and comfortable during their trip. To have access to our sites, school groups must comply with the Terms and Conditions outlined in our pre-visit guide for teachers, a copy of which will be provided when you book.

  • Limiting capacities: To maintain a Covid-secure environment we are limiting the number of school booking each day, and limiting the number of people in one group to 37. This allows for up to 33 primary school children and up to 4 adults to supervise. To allow social distancing with other visitors to the Museum we recommend that groups are broken into smaller groups of up to 10 children when within the Museum. Groups can come together for lunch. Capacity limits will be regularly reviewed. Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
  • Our team: All members of the National Museums NI education team and museum staff are vetted by Access NI. We are skilled and experienced in delivering high-quality educational experiences to children and young people of all ages and abilities, and we operate our programmes in accordance with the National Museums NI Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy, a copy of which can be provided when you book.
  • Risk Assessment assistance: Once you have booked your place on the programme, Health & Safety guidelines are provided to help with your risk assessment.