School visits at the Museum of Childhood

At the Museum of Childhood children can compare lives and experiences from the 19th century to the present day in seven themed galleries covering different aspects of childhood from adventure, working children, school days and much more. The galleries contain objects past and present, films, stories and activities showing how childhood has changed. 

In addition to self led tours of the museum we offer learning workshops led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for one hour. We are happy to discuss any special requirements and to work with you to develop activities.

Our learning facilities

The guided sessions take place in either the Museum galleries or in our dedicated learning rooms. There is a school lunch area inside the Museum. Children can also enjoy a run around our outdoor woodland play area.

The Museum has a lift and is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Please let us know of any special requirements you have prior to your visit so we can make it as fulfilling as possible.  Please note we can only accommodate a maximum of four wheelchair users at one time.

School visit prices

Entry into the Museum is £3.70 per child (one adult free with every six children for KS1 and with every eight children for KS2). Admission is free to Education Group Membership schools. For all schools we charge £2.40 per child for our guided activities.

Booking a visit

All school visits need to be booked in advance. For more information on any of the activities or to make a booking please telephone our learning team on 01283 586805 or email.

We offer free preliminary visits for teachers when a school has made a booking. We welcome groups of up to 60. We are open for school bookings from late February to December, Mondays to Fridays, term time only.  Please note we work to Derbyshire school term times.

    What can we offer?

    School children playing with toys and seeing which clown climbs down the fastest

    We can offer guided activities led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for one hour. We have organised what we offer by Key Stage as all of our activities have cross-curricular links. 

    We try to ensure that children of all ages and abilities gain access to the wide range of learning opportunities in the Museum.

    Guided activities led by our Learning Team:

    Victorian School Room History, KS1, KS2 & Colleges

    School children having a lesson from the School Master in the Victorian schoolroom

    Children travel back in time to the reign of Queen Victoria when children were seen and not heard. Children experience a taster of Victorian classroom learning and discipline!

    Also suitable for colleges and students studying early year development and child studies.

    Teddy Bears History and Literacy, Foundation and KS1

    Child playing with Sooty puppet in the Museum of Childhood

    Designed to help younger children develop their communication skills, gain confidence and have fun learning. When was the first Teddy made? How can we tell if Teddy is old or new? How did Teddy get his name? This session also includes story telling and games.

    Exploring Toys History, Science and Technology, KS1, KS2 & KS3

    School children watching a toy merry go round

    Using our special handling collection of toys, discover what toys are made of, how they work and who would have played with them.

    Stories and Imagination Literacy and Creativity, Foundation, KS1 & Early Years Students

    Children enjoying a Stories and Imagination workshop

    Using their imagination, and with the help of our story sacks, performance area, costumes and props children can create their own stories and plays.

    Also suitable for colleges and students studying early year development and child studies.