Museum of London
Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past.
Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Romans and Saxons, wonder at medieval London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars, plague and fire.
Then venture into the Galleries of Modern London, where you can walk the streets of Victorian London, take a stroll in recreated pleasure gardens and marvel at the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach.
We accept Time Credits. Tickets to paid exhibitions cost two Time Credits each.
Who to contact
Where to go
150 London Wall
- EC2Y 5HN
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- Monday to Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed: 24-26 December. The galleries begin to close at 5.40pm.
The Museum of London offers a dedicated learning programme for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. This well-established programme currently offers to special schools, SEN units in mainstream schools and other alternative provision units one-day workshops and two-part sessions programmed over more than 50 dates during the academic year. It also offers 4 and 5 week tailored projects available on request and bespoke one-off sessions where possible.
Over 20 different one-day workshops and two-part sessions are currently offered at the Museum of London, at the Museum of London Docklands and as outreach visits to schools, as well as five different bespoke 4 and 5 week projects. The programme is run by a dedicated SEN Programme Manager who delivers sessions in conjunction with a team of specialist freelancers (artists, actors, musicians and storytellers).
Our sessions are attended by a full age range of pupils (from 5 to post-16) with a wide spectrum of physical and learning needs: moderate learning disabilities; severe learning disabilities; profound and multiple learning disabilities; autistic spectrum conditions; social, emotional and mental health issues; attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders; genetic disorders and complex medical conditions; speech, language and communication needs; sensory impairments; and many pupils with a combination of the above.
Our sessions support learning across the school curriculum – in Literacy, Geography, Citizenship, Art, Drama, Music as well as History. In addition, they all adopt an interactive and multi-sensory approach, catering for all learning styles and needs. They help to build social, practical, cognitive and communication skills through a mixture of object handling, role-play, replica costumes, drama, music, puppetry, art workshops, storytelling, digital learning and gallery exploration. All sessions can be readily adapted to suit the individual needs of pupils and we aim to offer every young person we work with a unique, personalised experience of the history of their city.
All of our sessions are supported by a wide range of online SEN resources on the Museum of London’s website and we also offer work experience placements for pupils with learning and physical disabilities.
From Sep 2014 to Jul 2015, the SEN programme delivered 173 sessions to 1630 young people. During this period, 100% of teachers rated our SEN sessions as good or better in their feedback and 93% rated them as excellent.
For other visitors with SEND, we offer our Morning explorers sessions five times per year, at weekends and in school holidays. These are ASC friendly sessions run by our Visitor Hosts which give families with children who have an autistic spectrum condition the opportunity to come along and enjoy the museum before the arrival of the general public.
At the Museum of London, we also have Sensory Explorer bags, designed for visitors with physical and learning disabilities, which can be used when visiting the galleries. Our Visitor Hosts can also facilitate gallery tours for visitors with sensory impairments on request.
- SEN Provision Type
Schools Extended Local Offer Response
- How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
The Museum of London’s galleries cater for a wide range for audiences and audience needs. Most have one or two interactive exhibits such as touch objects, costumes, films, audio or digital interactives. We endeavour to provide every visitor with positive and inspiring experience, regardless of their needs or disabilities.
We also offer a range of self-directed resources for families to borrow and use as they walk around the galleries, including back packs and activity trails. Most of the activity sheets are aimed at children aged 4-11 and require some writing skills. Most back packs are also for children aged 4-11, and provide hand- on learning that can be easily adapted to your family’s needs.
Specific to visitors with special education needs and disabilities, we have Sensory explorer bags, designed for visitors of all ages with physical and learning needs. Each gallery also contains a prop box which is facilitated by visitor hosts. Each box contains multi-sensory objects that link to displays in the relevant galleries. We also offer audio guides for blind or partially sighted visitors, and a number of our hosts are trained in Audio Described tours.
A visit to the Museum of London is free: families can do as much or as little as they want and explore London’s history in their own time and at a pace suitable for them.
- How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?
The Museum of London is fully accessible, with lifts and escalators bringing visitors from street level up to the entrance located on a high walk.
The museum’s main entrance is located on the Barbican high walk, which takes you away from the busy roads on the street level. There is a lift on Aldersgate, near Barbican Tandoori, up to the High Walk. There is another lift on London Wall, next to New Look, up to the high walk from Moorgate station.
There are toilets on all floors for disabled visitors, and baby changing facilities for families. There is also a small and private Quiet Room with a bed. If free and not needed for an emergency, it is accessible to anybody needing a bit of time to relax, or a larger area for changing.
Visitors can borrow wheelchairs and mobility scooters while at the museum. These can be booked in advance by phoning the front desk on 020 7814 4264.
Please note: the wheelchairs and scooters are adult sized.
Disabled parking is available on a first come first served basis. For information on how to find these, please phone our security office on 020 7814 5552.
- How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?
The Museum of London is free and all children are welcome regardless of any special education needs. If you have any particular worries or questions you can contact our Booking Office on 020 7001 9844. They will be happy to answer any questions or forward you to the relevant person.
- How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?
As many family visitors will not be known to museum staff in advance it is important that, if assistance is required during a visit, any particular needs are communicated to staff either before or during a visit. This will ensure the needs are suitably catered for. Visitor service hosts are also trained to cater for a variety of audience needs and may provide helpful advice or highlight appropriate opportunities.
- What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?
We have a friendly Visitor Services team that is trained to engage a wide range of audiences, and will be present in all galleries should assistance be required at any time.
Information on visiting as a family is also available on the museum’s website, including accessibility information and general information that might be useful, such as lighting levels.
All visitors are encouraged to complete feedback forms should they find something unsatisfactory or want to tell us something positive about their experience at the museum. These are then passed onto a relevant member of staff who may follow up on feedback and / or take steps to address it. In the case of families who have children with special needs or disabilities. Comments will be passed onto the family team and duty manager responsible for accessibility.
- What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?
The Museum of London has a Diversity and Equality Policy, and aims to represent all levels of the community it serves. It values diversity and equality amongst people and views it as strength, not a weakness. It also aims to provide its employees with the training necessary to ensure the effective implementation of these values.
The Museum of London is a place where children and families can come to learn together. These learning opportunities are for all to enjoy equally, with the provision of appropriate resources where special educational needs have been identified.
Museums are well placed as institutions of exploratory and sensory discovery, and therefore can complement and support those learning with special educational needs. Resources such as the Sensory explorer bag, for example, have been developed purely for the purpose of providing a guide to the collection, its stories to suit a range of learning styles.
For special schools and SEN units in mainstream schools, the Museum of London offers an extensive dedicated SEN learning programme consisting of one-day workshops and two-part sessions programmed over more than 50 dates during the academic year. It also offers four and five-week projects available on request and bespoke one-off sessions where possible.
Over 20 different one-day workshops and two-part sessions are currently offered at the Museum of London, the Museum of London Docklands and as outreach visits to schools; as well as six different bespoke four and five-week projects.
Our sessions are attended by children and young people aged 5-16+ with a wide spectrum of physical and learning needs: moderate learning difficulties; severe learning difficulties; profound and multiple learning difficulties; autistic spectrum disorders; social, emotional and behavioural difficulties; attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders; genetic disorders and complex medical conditions; speech, language and communication needs; sensory impairments; and many students with a combination of the above.
Our sessions support learning across the school curriculum – in Literacy, Geography, Citizenship, Art, Drama, Music as well as History. In addition, they all adopt an interactive and multi-sensory approach, catering for all learning styles and needs. They help to build social, practical, cognitive and communication skills through a mixture of object handling, role-play, replica costumes, drama, music, puppetry, art workshops, storytelling, digital learning and gallery exploration. All of our sessions are supported by a wide range of online resources on the Museum of London’s website.
We also offer work experience placements for pupils with learning and physical needs.
- How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?
We try to ensure that all our events and activities are as accessible as possible to everyone who wishes to take part. We also provide extra provision when necessary, such as a full-time ‘quiet space’ at London Wall and during busier times at Docklands. We also ensure that members of staff and the visitor services team are trained in working with SEN groups so that they are aware as to the provision and service that may be required. When necessary, we consult our designated SEN Programme Manager as to what we may need to take into account in order to ensure the museums are as accessible as possible for this audience.
- How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?
We evaluate all our family sessions through feedback from the children and adults that attend, including those with children with SEN, and take on board any comments or additional requirements they suggest. Our SEN Programme Manager disseminates relevant information and new developments across the learning team and the wider museum as appropriate. Best practice in the field of SEN provision is disseminated via a SEN Network which meets quarterly. This is a forum for skills-sharing set up by education professionals from museums, galleries and other heritage sites.