Plan a Group Visit
Group Entry Regulations
Many groups visit the Museum and it can become very crowded.
In order to try and ensure everyone has an enjoyable visit we have drawn up the following regulations for groups:
- Groups must book for any type of visit to the Museum, make a booking
- Due to the tightness of space and the fact the upper balconies are no longer accessible, only 60 children are allowed in per hour.
- Our ratio of adults to children of 1 to 15 and for certain groups of 1 to 10, check with our bookings office for further details.
- The visit duration for each group is set at 45 minutes; 20 minutes on each of the two floors of the Museum or 45 minutes on one floor.
As the Museum is very busy we would like to suggest the following advice;
a. Group leaders gather their group together before they enter the building
b. The teacher advises reception of their arrival and then brings the group straight on into the main exhibition space
c. Please leave bags and coats on the bus.
Groups who have booked will have priority entry. If you have not booked in advance and the Museum is full we regret that you will be turned away.
Making the most of your groups visit
For your group to benefit most from your visit we recommend that you carefully plan the visit to ensure the activities and themes explored by the group during the visit link to classroom work.
Researching what your group can do
It is advisable for the teacher to make a visit to the Natural History Museum in advance of bringing a group in. If this is not possible, the Bookings Assistant or the Natural History Education Assistant can assist in visit preparation by establishing what you require and matching this as closely as possible to the resources we have on offer.
We would also recommend that you look at the other pages on this website which describe the displays as this also can help you plan an itinerary for your visit. Have an objective in mind for your visit, i.e. build the visit into a project at school – make it more than a “day out”. For example, is the visit an information gathering exercise, is it science, art, geography or cross-curricular related?
Pre and post-visit work
Prepare the class for the visit – give them an idea of what they can expect to see or have a discussion about the Museum in advance of the visit. Topics you might like to cover might include Irish mammals and birds, Life on Land, Aquatic Life, ecology, endangerment and extinction, predator-prey interactions, camouflage and animal prints, conservation, biodiversity.
Have some follow-up work planned back in the classroom such as student presentations about favourite animals, displaying sketches and drawings created in the Museum, group presentations on discoveries and information gathered by looking at animal taxonomy, etc.
Planning to bring the group around on your own?
When planning a self guided visit, we recommend you set a task for your students, for example list or draw specific animals or fossils which link to a topic being explored in the classroom or base a visit on following one of the Education Departments Activity Sheets. If you prefer to let the group explore without setting a theme we recommend using an activity sheet such as My Favourite Animal which will encourage the students to concentrate on what they are seeing. Copies of the My Favourite Animal Worksheet are available for groups on request and is available to download:
Our other worksheets include: