Making a booking
All schools and groups must book in advance. Phone (029) 2057 3240 to book. Once a booking has been made, you will be sent a written confirmation. Please check this carefully.
Charges for facilitated sessions
There is a charge for sessions that are designed to be curriculum focused, and are led by museum staff. There are four different prices (excluding VAT):
- For sessions of up to 1 hour for up to 15 pupils - £22
- For sessions of up to 1 hour for up to 35 pupils - £37
- For sessions of up to half a day for up to 15 pupils - £42
- For sessions of up to half a day for up to 15 pupils - £72
If your school is recognised by the government as having more than 20% of pupils in receipt of free school meals, according to the latest figures, there will be no charge for sessions. Special Educational Needs and Pupil Referral Unit groups are also eligible for free sessions.
We will send your school an invoice after your visit. You must still pay if you cancel later than 10am on the day before or are late on the day and miss your session. Prices exclude VAT but most schools can claim this back.
Please have the following information available when booking:
- Name of your school / organisation
- Phone number
- Contact email address
- Name of the teacher / group leader
- Number of students
- Age Range
- Number of Staff
- Which galleries you would like to visit?
- Which museum led activities you would like to book? (link to section about our sessions)
- Do you want to visit a special exhibition?
- Do you want to book a space for lunch?
Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.
Please note that the education booking office is closed on weekends and bank holidays.
Health and Safety
You will find health and safety information to help you complete your risk assessment here.
Coaches can drop and collect groups outside the front entrance of the museum. Click here for directions and transport links.
Please sign in as a group leader at the Reception Desk and bring your confirmation of booking with you. You will be met in the Main Hall for any pre-booked sessions.
A space for eating packed lunches in the Clore Meeting Place is available by prior booking, for groups of up to 60 at a time. Space is allocated in 30 minutes slots. We ask that all groups take their rubbish away to be recycled.
Space for Coats and Bags
Large lockable cupboards are available for you to leave your coats and bags.
Photography for personal use is allowed except where this symbol is displayed.
We ask all visitors who take photographs to sign a form at the admission desk.
As a courtesy to other visitors, please do not use your mobile phone when in the Galleries.
The shop sells a wide range of products such as small toys, books and postcards. Please help with supervision by ensuring that small numbers visit at any one time.
We ask that all children and young people under the age of 14 be supervised at all times.
Please do not run in the Galleries, and take care when walking up and down the stairs.
Please do not touch objects, specimens or paintings and avoid leaving fingerprints on the glass cases. You are invited to touch rocks and minerals in the Evolution of Wales Galleries, and the Clore Discovery Centre is dedicated to handling and accessing objects and specimens.
These are available for teachers or group leaders wishing to familiarise themselves with National Museum Cardiff. Please telephone to make arrangements before-hand if you wish to speak to a member of the Learning team on the day of your preview visit.
If you are visiting to see specific works of art, specimens or artefacts, please check they are on display. Conservation needs, loans and redisplay lead to changes of display.
An alarm will sound in the event of a fire. On hearing the alarm your group should evacuate the building by following the signs to the nearest fire exit. You will receive instructions from the Museum Assistants.
If First Aid attention is needed please contact one of the Museum Assistants, who will then summon a trained member of staff.
Children separated from their group should inform a Museum Assistant if they are lost. The Museum Assistant will contact the group and arrange for the missing child to be escorted to the Main Hall where they can be collected by an adult from the group.
Any other Emergency
In the event of any other emergency please contact a Museum Assistant.
Child protection policy
The museums child protection policy is available here.
Drawing in the Galleries
Drawing is allowed in all of the galleries. Please be aware however that works of art can easily be damaged. To minimize this happening please follow these guidelines.
- Please don’t touch any of the paintings or objects.
- Keep all drawing boards and art materials away from the walls, objects and the works of art.
- Do not use fixatives or spray adhesives in any of the galleries.
- The following materials can be used in the galleries – colouring pencils, wax crayons, oil pastels, drawing pencils, graphite sticks, glue sticks (e.g. pritt) and collage materials (e.g. coloured papers, scissors, string etc.)
- If you are using paints, charcoal and pastels please provide your own floor protection. We suggest that only art students and adults use these materials in the galleries.