School Trips at Bristol Museums
Art Gallery, Queens Road, Bristol, Avon, BS8 1RL
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What we offer on a school trip
Bristol Museums are a major part of the Bristol Culture service run by Bristol City Council. The collection of historical sites includes:
- M Shed
- Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
- Blaise House Museum
- The Red Lodge Museum
- The Georgian House Museum
- Kings Weston Roman Villa
Each museum has its own unique learning experiences, objects and displays to explore, as follows:
Bristol Museum & Art Gallery
Discover Bristol’s world-class collections, from dinosaurs and gems to magnificent fine art and Egyptian artefacts. Whether you’re seeking art, history or science, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery offers a range of one hour, half or full day learning experiences for all ages.
Take time to study magnificent art, discover the dinosaur that once roamed Bristol, see original Banksy works, find out fascinating facts about rocks and soils, get up close to Egyptian mummies, handle objects from the ancient Greeks and emerge yourself in natural history. Bristol Museum & Art Gallery is home to world class collections housed in spectacular architecture, just waiting for you to explore!
For some children, just stepping inside the magnificent building provides the wow-factor. Little faces light up and the expressions say it all. Come and see us! Address: Queens Road, Bristol BS8 1RL
Learn about Bristol’s place in the world at this vibrant Harbourside museum, from Banksy and Aardman to Fry’s Chocolate and Concorde. Unwrap stories of Bristol’s past with a range of interactive local history sessions, including; the city’s connections to the transatlantic slave trade, its maritime heritage and world famous chocolate making. Find out about Bristol at War and discover some of the brilliant people who have helped to shape the city, including Brunel and Cabot.
Explore three public galleries (Bristol Life, Bristol Places and Bristol People), groundbreaking temporary exhibitions, family-friendly events and be amazed by the museum’s largest exhibits - the boats, cranes and trains.
A balcony provides one of the best panoramic views of Bristol and its historic harbourside
Bristol YHA, is just a couple of minutes stroll along the harbourside too. Convenient for school residential trips.
In-school activities such as assembly are also offered for local schools, along with teaching resource packs, loan boxes for the classroom and CPD opportunities.
Address: Princes Wharf, Wapping Road, Bristol BS1 4RN
Blaise House Museum
Step back in time at Blaise House Museum, an 18th century mansion set in beautiful parkland. Once a family home, it’s now the ideal setting for learning about life in the past with displays of toys, costume and domestic objects. Visit with your friends and family or join us as part of a school visit.
Latest learning sessions include; Toys, Iron Age, Archaeology, A Victorian Christmas, World War Two plus literacy and natural science workshops. Special events are available for Home Educators and don’t miss the seasonal family fun and formal learning activities in the summer. Address: Henbury Road, Bristol BS10 7QS
The Red Lodge Museum
Experience 400 years of history contained within this house, from Tudor origins to a Victorian girls’ reform school. Immerge yourself in the splendor of the Great Oak Room, see the beautifully restored knot garden, the newly discovered Well and three of the oldest rooms in Bristol! The Red Lodge Museum is the idea school trip for children to learn about The Tudors.
Schools are invited to explore what life was like in Tudor Bristol in 1574, when Elizabeth I visited the city. Children will unlock the messages disguised in Tudor portraits, handle objects and dress in costume before making sketches of Dame Joan, as she poses in the magnificent Great Oak Room. See website for latest learning sessions. Address: Park Row, Bristol BS1 5LJ
The Georgian House Museum
Wander through this period house museum, originally built c. 1790 and once home to a Bristol sugar plantation and slave owner. The townhouse spread over four floors reveals what life was like above and below stairs. Travel back in time as you take in the elegant furnished rooms and step into the basement kitchen where hard-working servants prepared meals and house-keeping duties. Address: 7 Great George Street, Bristol BS1 5RR
Together, Bristol Museums deliver an award-winning and inspiring educational programme that meets the needs of all kinds of learning groups:
- Primary schools
- Secondary schools
- Home Educators
- Cubs, Beavers, Guides and Brownies
- Adult Learners
- Group travel organisers and coach groups
- Overseas students and EFL groups
- Early Years
For more details see Bristolmuseums.org.uk/learning.