National Science and Media Museum
The National Science and Media Museum is part of the Science Museum Group.
The Museum provides stunning opportunities to learn about the science and art of light, sound, photography, film and television. Inspire your class with our exciting interactive science shows and hands –on workshops and gallery talks.
Watch educational films on the IMAX Digital Xenon Theatre System. From Dream Big 3D to A Beautiful Planet 3D there are a host of films for your class to enjoy in IMAX.
Visits will suit groups from Early Years and KS1 to Higher Education, and meet curriculum requirements for Science, Design and Technology, ICT, History, English, Art and Design, Media and Film Studies.
Why are National Science and Media Museum great for School Trips and Educational Visits?
The National Science and Media Museum is free to enter and provides unique opportunities to learn about the science of light and sound.
We offer a range of free hands-on interactive learning sessions led by our team of experienced Explainers; which can be booked as part of your visit. All sessions are designed to be lively, engaging and memorable.
We also offer regular events for teachers to support their work in the classroom.
What activities are available during group visits?
The Museum runs a number of themed packaged days for schools. Each package includes a facilitated session in our Wonderlab gallery; interactive science show and the option of a 3D IMAX film screening.
Wonderlab is hands on interactive gallery all about the science of light and sound. It is all about experimenting with science. Your class will think like scientists; touch, try and photograph their experiences as they navigate your way through more than 20 mind-bending exhibits.
The science shows are lively and interactive. They explore the science of light and sound through experiments involving audience participation.
Space Days (Keystage 2 & 3) includes the opportunity to take part in Exploring Space, a science show that explores light and space travel and visit Wonderlab gallery.
Sound Days (Keystage 2 & 3) students will experience sound as they’ve never heard it before. Walk in the footsteps of a sound engineer as your class explores the beautiful world of sound waves hidden in music in Bring the Thunder science show.
Light days (Keystage 2) Explore how to take the perfect picture of the universe, uncover the hidden dangers of Egyptian tombs, all through the power of light in Light it up! science show. Discover about the light we can’t see with a visit to the Ultra violet room and make water appear to flow backwards all with the power of light.
Engineering days (Keystage 2 & 3) The Big Idea is a show explores engineering as a process of using science to solve problems and create new technologies. We look at how fibre optics connect us around the world, the strange nature of light and how sound can be used to levitate objects.
Light and Shadow days (Early Years & Keystage 1) Join us for a shadow adventure through the enchanted wood. Find out about the mystery of the Cottingley fairies and fly through a world of light and shadow in the storytelling adventure.
Details of more sessions for all Key Stages are available on our website.
What size groups do you cater for?
All group sizes are welcome
Do you offer on-site classroom facilities?
Some sessions take place in our classroom, others take place on gallery as appropriate.
Is there first aid on site?
Full first aid facilities on site
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Full disabled facilities including level access and lifts to all floors, disabled parking and toilets, and wheelchairs for hire.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Yes we welcome all groups and visitors and our members of staff are experienced in supporting visits from people with a broad spectrum of abilities. Please talk to us about your requirements, we will help however we can.
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