We welcome visits from schools and colleges

Children Learning in a group.Groups can visit us any weekday morning during term time. We have experienced teachers and museum staff available to give guided tours focusing on specific topics or themes.

During the tours we encourage a hands-on approach. The majority of our exhibits can be handled as we believe that is the best way for visitors to understand them.

The pace of the tour and the level of information we provide is based on the students’ ages, your aims for the visit, and the questions the students ask during their tour.

Contact the education team to discuss your visit: education@mkmuseum.org.uk 

Read on to find out more about theming your visit, practicalities, and our school loans service.



Theming your visit

visitors in the schoolroom

We can offer schools the following education tours:

Life in Victorian Times:

a tour of the parlour, schoolroom, laundry, kitchen, street of shops and worker’s cottage, with a short lesson in the schoolroom and a chance to use the dolly tub and mangle in the laundry

Life, Work and Play then and now:

as above but at a level for younger children, and including a look at toys

Transport through the Ages:

a tour of the Hall of Transport looking at wheeled vehicles, canals, and railways, plus a tour of the parlour and street of shops, looking at aspects of transport, the wheelwright’s and blacksmith’s shop

The story of human communication:

a tour of the Connected Earth gallery, then looking at other aspects of communication in the print room, parlour, schoolroom and street of shops.

We are also hoping to develop a food and farming tour.

We can discuss adapting these tours to fit in with the requirements of schools.

Practicalities for your visitkitchen

Booking a visit: to make a booking and discuss your requirements please contact the Schools Education Team by email at education@mkmuseum.org.uk or phone 01908 316222 on a Tuesday or Thursday morning. We can make a provisional booking for you and will then send out a booking form which needs to be returned to confirm the booking.

Prices: The cost is £5 per pupil, with a reasonable number of accompanying adults (ratio of about 1:6) coming in free. Payment should be made by cheque payable to Milton Keynes Museum Trust Limited, or by BACS payment (please request an invoice)

Group size: We can take groups of up to approximately 60 children.

Timing: Education Guides normally take tours between 9.30 a.m. and 12 noon. If you stay for lunch you are welcome to revisit parts of the museum in the afternoon. Students must then be supervised by the accompanying teachers and helpers at all times.

Food and drink: If you wish to stay for lunch then our Stables area is available for groups. Unfortunately, here is no suitable space for children to eat mid-morning snacks inside the museum.

Risk assessment: Teachers are responsible for risk assessing the museum visit, and may make a free preliminary visit by arrangement with the Education Team.

IMG_0849Loans service for schools and groups

For schools and other educational purposes we have an extensive collection of  individual items, and boxes of objects around a particular theme.

To see what is available, either download our full catalogue

To borrow from our collection, either

  • download the  School Loans booking form
  • or if your browser is unable to open this page, please email us to request a form at schoolloans@mkmuseum.org.uk.

School loans is a volunteer-run service. This allows the museum to keep the cost low. We try to meet urgent requests if possible but please try to give us at least two weeks’ notice. If you let us know well in advance, we will reserve items for you

All items are subject to availability. We have duplicates of many of the boxes of items but only one of most individual models/replicas/artifacts.

If you have any questions please contact the team to discuss our loans scheme: schoolloans@mkmuseum.org.uk