All teachers need to know about onsite school sessions at the National Maritime Museum and the Queen's House. Browse our list of sessions below and find tips and practical information for planning your visit in our Early years and primary schools guide.
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You are also welcome to make a self-guided visit to our sites. Please see our self-guided school visits page for more information.
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Wednesday, 10.15-10.55, 11.15-11.55, 12.30-13.10, 13.20-14.00
Embark on an epic monster hunt and follow the clues to find the monster hidden in the depths of the Museum. This multi-sensory session has been inspired by Michael Rosen’s classic story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
explore Museum objects using songs and role play
use imagination to travel across different landscapes from the big blue ocean to a tall rocky cliff
develop communication skills
Wednesday, 10.30 - 11.15, 11.45 – 12.30 and 13.00 - 13.45
Explore the architecture and key artworks in the Queen’s house and join us in an educational, fun and immersive journey.
explore and respond creatively to artworks
spot shapes and patterns in architecture
Monday and Friday, 10.30 - 11.30 and 13.00 – 14.00
Come with us into our amazing exploration galleries to learn about how explorers lives have been strangely similar and incredibly different across time. Find collections items in the galleries and handle replica objects to discover and compare the lives of explorers through time.
Thursday and Friday, 10.15-11.00, 11.30-12.15, 13.00-13.45
Ahoy me hearties! Meet female pirate Alice Leghorn and hear tales of her adventures on the high seas. For the full pirate experience, we encourage all children and teachers to come dressed in appropriate swashbuckling attire.
meet a female pirate who will teach them everything they need to know to succeed on the high seas
develop enquiry skills as they go on a treasure hunt around the Museum
collect ideas and inspiration for writing their own pirate stories.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 10.15 - 11.45 and 12.30 - 14.00
Immerse yourself in the Queen’s House galleries and learn how the sea has inspired spectacular artworks, past and present. Work alongside an artist educator and learn how to use experimental mark-making, texture and colour to create captivating impressions of the sea.
learn about an artist studio and the tools artists use
develop their observational drawing skills
experiment with mark making to build light, shadow and texture
create their own art inspired by our spectacular collection
Explore how pose, costume and background combine in portraits to send messages of power and privilege. Who had access to these avenues of expression and what does it mean to portray power?
Wednesday, 10.30 - 11.50 and 12.30 – 13.50
Uncover the lives of Tudor sailors, investigate mysterious objects and learn about seafarers, including Drake and Diego, in this hands-on session.
consider some of the motivations for sea voyages in Tudor times
handle replica artefacts and clothing to step into the shoes of a Tudor seafarer
develop enquiry, reasoning and communication skills
Wednesday and Thursday, 10.30 - 11.50 and 12.30 – 13.50
Set sail on an adventure to uncover the stories of Arctic explorers such as Matthew Henson, Robert Peary and Ann Bancroft. Investigate objects, diaries and artworks to unlock clues about the past. What can these sources tell us? What don’t they tell us? Navigating your way through our Polar Worlds Gallery you will discover how Inuit knowledge was essential for explorers to survive in extreme polar regions.
carry out hands-on investigations in the gallery
learn about significant polar explorers
understand the geography and challenges of polar environments
discover the tools and equipment needed for a polar expedition
N.B. Key Stage One teachers wishing to do a session on polar exploration please see Explorers Through Time above
Friday, 10.30 - 14.00
All aboard RMS Titanic! Spend an action-packed day as a passenger or crew member on board the world’s most famous ship before it sinks to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean.
investigate real objects and archival documents relating to the Titanic
immerse themselves as real characters from the ship and meet historical actor characters along the way
develop their imagination and literacy skills
Tuesdays, 10.15 - 11.45 and 12.30 - 14.00
Voyage through our galleries to discover how contemporary Black artists such as Kehinde Wiley and Yinka Shonibare CBE convey important messages about diversity and citizenship in their work. Analyze famous artworks up close and piece together the story of Olaudah Equiano to learn how he, and other Georgians, campaigned for equality and to make a big change.
analyze famous artworks
discuss topical issues linked to diversity and citizenship
broaden their understanding of Black British History.
Thursday, 10.30–12:00, 12.30–14.00
Work together to consider the role and importance of our Ocean, not only to our lives today but also in the past as well as the future.
What is the connection between our ocean, life and human culture? What conditions are important for life here on Earth and what advancements have we made in considering our future on planet Earth.
Monday and Thursday, 10.15-11.15, 11.30-12.30, 13.00-14.00
Dig up the past to examine Viking graves, vessels and artefacts, and step into the shoes of a Viking to discover how their seafaring talents took them far and wide across the globe.
investigate what made the Vikings unique as raiders, invaders and traders
handle replica artefacts and clothing to step into the shoes of a Viking
Find fantastic school resources for all ages, key stages and subjects. Download our gallery trails to use in the Museum.