Photo of the Bristol Dinosaur model Thecodontosaurus

Learning with Bristol’s museums means exciting encounters with real artefacts from some of the UK’s finest collections. The stories that they tell bring learning to life by inspiring curiosity and promoting creativity.

Our museum learning programme (Bristol 50), supports teaching and learning for Key Stages 1 – 4 in Art, Science and History. It uses museum collections to connect children and young people with the city, developing a greater sense of place and identity through local learning.

We offer a range of different ways for children and teachers to engage:

  • Handle & discover sessions – these are one hour museum-led sessions using our collections. £5 per pupil.
  • Immerse yourself – a half day or full day carousel of activities that could include handling, gallery activities, meet the expert, role play, a walk or trail, a store tour. From £5 per pupil.
  • Meet the expert – find out more by talking to a museum expert about their specialist subject.
  • Create your curriculum – this includes continuing professional development opportunities for teachers, as well as resources available to use in school.

Special offers

Find out about our school visits special offers – in May our spotlight is on Dinosaurs. In June our spotlight is on our World War II Evacuation Day and Bristol at War: the Home Front.

Contact us to find out more or to book your visit. All group visits must be booked in advance (whether you’re coming on an independent visit or to a paid session).

If you’re looking for risk assessments so that you can plan a school visit, you’ll find them for all sites in our resources section.

Follow the links below to find out what we offer at each of our museums.

Image of a slab of rock with red footprints and handprints on it

M Shed

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery (and Kings Weston Roman Villa)

Blaise Castle House Museum

The Red Lodge Museum


Sign up to our Teacher’s Newsletter to keep up to date on our schools programme, offers and exhibitions. You can read past editions online: November 2014, January 2015.