School Visits

School Visits

Inspire your students with dazzling objects, fascinating stories and world class art.

Some helpful booking information

If you'd like to book a schools workshop please book at least one month in advance. We run workshops on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please take a look at the sessions we offer (in the Learning stages section below) to help with your booking. Bookings are confirmed once you've filled out our online form (see button below) and you've received a confirmation from us. We always aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Key Stage 2
Bridges, Breakwaters, Lighthouses (STEAM) | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Bridges, Breakwaters, Lighthouses (STEAM)

Inspired by the amazing examples of engineering in Plymouth (including the lighthouse, the Breakwater and the Tamar Bridge), your students will become engineers.

Engineering: Bridging the Tamar | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Engineering: Bridging the Tamar

In this day-long experience of two sessions your students will discover more about the two iconic Plymouth bridges.

Ancient Egypt | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Ancient Egypt

A new box of artefacts from Ancient Egypt has arrived at The Box.

Prehistory: The Bronze Age at Whitehorse Hill | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Prehistory: The Bronze Age at Whitehorse Hill

Witness your students becoming archaeologists, uncovering amazing artefacts from prehistory and discovering how they were made and used.

Plymouth’s Polar Explorers | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Plymouth’s Polar Explorers

Museums are vocabulary-rich environments and can inspire writing through engaging all the senses.

World War II and the Blitz in Plymouth | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

World War II and the Blitz in Plymouth

Can your students become detectives and use real objects and archives to uncover the truth of how the Blitz impacted Plymouth?

Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada

Enhance your teaching about Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada by giving your students the chance to encounter real and replica objects and archives from our collection to explore this fascinating history.

Tudor and Elizabethan Plymouth: A Port of Discovery | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Tudor and Elizabethan Plymouth: A Port of Discovery

In the Tudor and Elizabethan period, Plymouth saw some amazing expeditions of discovery leaving and returning from her shores.

Evolution, Inheritance, Diversity | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Evolution, Inheritance, Diversity

How have the species that make Plymouth their home evolved over thousands of years?

SENsational workshops | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

SENsational workshops

Our SENsational workshops for students with special educational needs and disabilities, including those with profound and multiple disabilities and ASC, are open to visits from a range of educational settings.

Mayflower schools workshop | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Mayflower schools workshop

Discover the Mayflower story guided by one of our expert facilitators who will lead you through the gallery undertaking activities and encountering stories along the way.

Mayflower: Artist workshop | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Mayflower: Artist workshop

In these artist-led in-gallery sessions, your class enquires into a topic or artistic discipline of your choice before developing their own creative response to what they discover.

Artist workshops | School Visits | The Box Plymouth

Artist workshops

Give your class the chance to work with a practising artist, to explore our visual arts displays and develop their own creative responses.

Plan Your School Visit

We believe in the power of art and history to shape and change the world around us, and our expert team want to share that with your students.

  • Experience hands-on encounters that can’t be replicated in the classroom.
  • Support your students to become lifelong cultural learners.
  • Develop your students’ enquiry and oracy skills, inspired by real sources of evidence and contemporary art.
  • Enhance your teaching in the classroom with memorable experiences and visits that support your curriculum teaching.
  • Access objects and artefacts that aren’t on display to the public.

What does a school visit include?

  • General Admission to The Box and admission to our Mayflower Exhibition.
  • A dedicated bag drop box.
  • Exclusive use of the Simmons Learning Room as your base and for your group as a lunch space.
  • Measures in place for your safety, including reduced capacity (only one school on site at any one time) and access to a sink in the Simmons Learning Room to support regular hand washing throughout the day.

Find out more about the safety measures in place and what you can expect when you visit on our Plan Your Visit and Visit FAQ pages.

How do I book a school visit?

For your safety and the safety of our staff, all schools visits must be booked at least one month in advance. Please use the online form button at the top of this page.

To help you to get the most from your schools visit, we recommend that you make a planning pre-visit to The Box. You can also download our Teachers Hazard Assessment below to help you to write your own risk assessment.