Visiting Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
This page contains comprehensive information for teachers bringing pupils on a visit to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, it includes pre-visit and on the day information.
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery houses some of the most superb collections of fine and decorative art, historical artefacts and archaeological treasures in the country. We have a wide variety of facilitated art and history sessions available for schools, delivered by our experienced Learning Officers and developed to support the curriculum. The Education team also offer pre-visits, teacher previews and self-guided visits. We also have a dedicated Learning Zone which is available for use by schools only, offering lunchtime facilities, and is free of charge.
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
For enquiries or to make a booking contact the Education Bookings Team on 0121 348 8001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you are a first time visitor to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery it is recommended that a member of your teaching staff attends a pre-visit.
Our facilitated sessions are available to Key Stage 1-3 and are based around the subjects of Art and History. Our sessions are interactive and hands-on and have been developed by an experienced on-site museum Learning Officer and are linked to the National Curriculum.
Self-guided visits are possible at this site and are free of charge. However, they must be booked in advance to ensure the galleries you wish to visit are open and available to schools. Some of our taught sessions can also be tailored to self-guided groups. To plan and book your self-guided visit please contact our bookings team.
Home Educator Days are available on certain dates per year. Full information is made available 1 month in advance, these days can be viewed on our Whats On page or Latest News page when they become available.
All of the Learning Zone is accessible for wheelchair users; we also have an easy access toilet available. Access to the rest of the museum is then accessible via a lift in the Learning Zone.
Goodie bags are available to pre-order and need be be paid for on the day. We can prepare your own individual goodie bags or you can choose from our suggested goodie bag options, which start at £1. For more details and to pre-order your bags please download the Goodie Bag Order Form (Word format).
Pupil / Teacher Ratio
For all Key Stage 1 and 2 school groups a ratio of 1 adult for every 10 pupils is required. A failure to meet these ratios may result in your session being cancelled upon arrival.
On the Day Information
School groups should arrive 30 minutes before the start of their first taught session. This will allow for pupils to disembark from the coach, travel from our main entrance to the Learning Zone, drop off lunch bags and visit the toilets before the start of your session.
Late arrival may result in your taught sessions being shortened. Sessions cannot be carried over due to other groups and activities around the museum.
Coach Drop Off and Parking
The coach drop off / pick up point for school coaches is on Great Charles Street (B3 3LG). No waiting is allowed. There is no dedicated parking at the Museum and Art Gallery.
The schools entrance will be located at the main entrance on Chamberlain Square. For lift access please use the Gas Hall entrance on Edmund Street. School groups will be required to walk from the Margaret Street drop off point around to the main entrance.
Please note that these entrances do not open to the public until 10am, Mon–Thurs, Sat–Sun and 10.30am on Fridays (schools with booked sessions will be able to access the entrance from 10.15am on a Friday).
Please allow 15 minutes at the end of your day to exit the building. This will ensure you have enough time to walk around the outside of the museum to meet your coach.
We have two classrooms available, one that is designed primarily for history sessions and one for art.
We have a dedicated lunch area that can seat 60-70. This needs to be booked in advance with the Education bookings team. 30 minutes will be allocated for your school where possible. The use of the lunch area is 50p per child for those on a self-guided visit or free to those who have booked a facilitated session.
A dedicated school cloakroom is provided with trolleys for bags and coats, these can be locked away.
Dedicated school toilets are available in the Learning Zone including an easy access toilet.
There is a museum shop, please note that this is near the main entrance to the museum so allow enough time to walk there from the Learning Zone if necessary. The shop staff recommends no more than 15 pupils in at a time.
• Class teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for the discipline and behaviour of the pupils, with the support of the Learning Officer
• Adults must stay with the pupils at all times
• Pupils are asked not to touch the objects on display unless invited to, to keep their voices quiet whilst in the main museum and not to run anywhere
Photography is allowed in certain galleries only, please check with the Learning Officer during your visit.