Plan your school visit

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you to Beamish Museum! 

Our friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you and to answer any queries you may have during your visit. 

Opening Hours

  • 20th March 2024 – 25th October 2024: Open daily, 10am-5pm
  • 26th October 2024 – 3rd November 2024: Open daily, 10am-4pm

During the period when the museum is not available for schools to book, we will still be running our remote learning and outreach sessions. Get in touch to see what we can do for your school.

Before you visit Beamish Museum 

All groups will need to pre-book their visit beforehand. You can do so by completing the online form here.

All groups will be invoiced on the day of their visit. You will only be charged for the pupils you bring. Entry is at a reduced rate for schools; pupils are charged at a rate of £7.25 each, with accompanying adults free in a ratio of 1:5 for over 5s, and 1:3 for under 5s. Pupils under 5 are free of charge, as are those who are classed as carers. 

We can’t wait to see you, but if anyone in your group is feeling unwell we kindly ask that they stay at home. 

Before you make your visit please contact the museum to check for the latest updates and information. 

We are offering two complimentary tickets per school when you book so you can visit the museum beforehand. Teachers will find that the visit may be different from previous visits and will need to plan for the learning accordingly. 

When you arrive at Beamish Museum 

Access for educational groups will be through the gate to the left of the Entrance Building. When you arrive please park and walk to Entrance gate as directed by our staff. Please have your booking confirmation (either on your phone or printed out) ready. 

Groups will need to use the toilets in The 1900s Pit Village and not in the Entrance Building. This is a 10 minute walk from the Entrance. Arrangements can be made for children with access needs, please ensure you inform the museum during the booking process of these particular needs. 

Please ensure the children have their packed lunches with them. 

During your visit to Beamish Museum 

We’re very excited to welcome our visitors to enjoy our open air museum. During your visit, please ask our staff and volunteers if you have any queries, they’ll be very happy to help. 

Your booking information will include a map of the museum site which will include the location of facilities such as lunch room and toilets. You may wish to print a copy of this off prior to arrival. 

  • Please follow the signs and information around the museum. 
  • Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the museum, please use them regularly during your visit. 
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced site wide. 

Our museum exhibits are open depending on staff and resource availability. If there is any particular exhibit that you wish to see on your visit, we would advise you to contact us in advance to make sure this will be open on your chosen date. 

Toilets 

Toilet facilities are open across the museum, with enhanced cleaning regimes and hygiene measures. There is no access to the toilets in the Entrance Building for school groups when they arrive. The nearest toilets available will be in The 1900s Pit Village next to Hetton Silver Band Hall, this is a 10 minute walk from the Entrance. 

Lunchtimes 

Your group will be allocated a lunchtime space of half an hour for the children to have their packed lunches. It is really important that you stick to these timings as the space will need to be cleaned in readiness for the next educational group. Cleaning resources will be available in each space for you to carry out an additional clean should you wish to. 

Retail 

Beamish Museum has returned to taking cash, so your group is welcome to bring spending money to use during their visit. 

To Book

Please email bookings@beamish.org.uk or contact 0191 370 4026.

We’ve been shortlisted in the Best UK Attraction category at School Travel Organiser‘s School Travel Awards 2024! Here at Beamish, we bring classroom learning to life through our wide range of immersive learning experiences. If you’re a teacher or educational visits co-ordinator, you can vote for us here www.schooltravelorganiser.com/awards/vote. Voting closes on Wednesday, 31st July 2024.

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