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How to make the most of your visit

Planning an onsite visit to the museum

In this section you will find information on how to make planning your visit to either Northampton Museum and Art Gallery or Abington Park Museum easier.

Arranging a preliminary visit

To make sure you get the most out of your visit, we recommend that teachers arrange a pre-visit to plan practical details and carry out their risk assessments to help in preparing other adults and pupils before they arrive.

Risk assessments

We have thoroughly risk assessed all of our learning activities. We have assessed all activities and put into practice Covid-19 measures to ensure the visits can go ahead safely. Once you have booked, health and safety guidance and procedures are provided to help with your visit. All teachers should also complete their own risk assessment.

How to find us

You can find information on our location, travel arrangements, opening times and accessiility on our visit us pages. There are no dedicated coach parking facilities at our museums. There are drop off points on Derngate for NMAG and coaches will need to find alternative parking, at APM coaches can drop off and park on Park Avenue South.

Visitor information for Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Visitor information for Abington Park Museum

Facilities and access


Northampton Museum & Art Gallery is committed to developing its learning programme for everyone to enjoy. Most of our sessions involve handling objects and all can be adapted for students with SEN. Please let us know about your access needs when you book.

Access information for Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Access information for Abington Park Museum

Lunch and cloakroom

A lunch space and coat and bag storage are available for you to use if you have booked a facilitated session. Please request this at the time of booking.


The Studio has its own dedicated toilets for the exclusive use of school groups in the learning space.


The museum shop is open everyday during opening hours. Please advise us prior to your visit if you wish for your students to visit the shop. This should be done in small manageable groups.

How to book

All school group visits must be pre-booked using the online booking form.

A minimum of three weeks’ notice is required for facilitated on site sessions and a minimum of 14 days for self-guided visits.

You will need to provide the following information when making your booking:

Your contact details - the school name and address including the postcode, telephone number of the school and the email address. You may also wish to provide us with your mobile number for ease of getting in contact with you.

The session/activity you want to book. If you are not sure you can view all of the available sessions via the link below.

On site sessions

Your preferred and alternative dates, just in case we cannot accommodate you on your preferred date.

The number and year group of the students you want to bring.

When booking a facilitated session you may use the lunch space free of charge, please let us know if you wish to take advantage of the lunch space.

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Teacher student ratios

Foundation Stage: 1 adult to 3 students; Key Stage 1 & 2: 1 adult to 6 students.

Key Stage 3, 4, & 5: 1 adult to 15 students.

Changes to your booking and cancellations

You may make changes or cancel a booking in accordance with our terms and conditions. You can find our cancellation policy in the terms and conditions.

Change or cancel my booking

Terms and conditions for onsite visits to the museum