Planning your school or group visit

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery has 20 galleries over three floors with a diverse range of objects. Discover world-class collections from dinosaurs and gems to magnificent fine art and Egyptian artefacts. A Teacher’s dream!

Latest news

Due to unprecedented demand, we are now FULLY BOOKED for all workshops at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until the end of the academic year. There are very few slots left for any independent visits to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and M Shed. Please contact us for any late availability  – we’re sorry that we can’t guarantee we will be able to book you in to visit.

We are taking bookings for Terms 1 & 2 (September to December 2022).

We will send instructions for your visit and a Covid-19 Risk Assessment with your booking confirmation – please read all of this carefully and make sure everyone in your group is aware of the safety information.

Group visits

Contact us to book your visit – simply fill in our enquiry form below. All groups of 10 or more need to book a visit to our museums in advance. This applies to both independent visits and paid or facilitated sessions.

*(please note that there is a booking fee of £35 per class for schools with pupils under 16 years of age intending to visit either the Grayson’s Art Club or Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibitions. This booking fee guarantees a specific date and time for your visit, and includes all admission charges. Normal admission fees apply to groups with adults and students aged 16+).

Getting here

Find information on how to get to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and coach drop-off points in our Getting here section.


There is level access from the main entrance in Queens Road, with a lift to the ground floor of the museum. Once inside we have lifts to all floors.

All toilets, including an accessible toilet, are on the ground floor either side of the main staircase.

There is a Loop system at Reception. You can find out more about accessibility in our Facilities section.

Adult helpers

Please bring at least one adult for every six Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 pupils or one adult for every 15 Key Stage 3 pupils. Pupils should be supervised at all times throughout your visit including visits to the toilet.

Eating at the museum

The only space in the museum where groups can eat and drink is in our lunch room on the first floor. There’s room for one group of up to 40 children and adults at a time. Free use is included if you’ve booked a museum-led session on your visit. If you’re making an independent visit, contact us to book this space (subject to availability) for only £1 per pupil.

On arrival

Our Visitor Services staff will show you where you can leave coats and bags. If you’ve booked one of our sessions, a Museum Educator will meet you.

You are welcome to take photographs. We’d love you to share pictures of your school trip with us on social media.


Should you need to cancel or make changes to a school booking please refer to our help page, under cancellations and refunds.

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Providing a range of dates will help us find a suitable workshop as they book up quickly
Available at M Shed and Bristol Museum & Art Gallery only. Complimentary use when booking a workshop. Charged at £1 per child for independent visits.