My First Museum Visit (Pre-School)

Duration: 1½ hour workshop, plus time to explore the museum’s galleries
Cost: £4.50 per child, adults free

This multi-sensory session is specially designed for children under the age of five, in pre-school or nursery groups.

The aim of this innovative programme is to give young children, their parents, guardians and teachers a truly unforgettable first experience of a museum. Through an engaging mix of hands-on discovery, artefact investigation and imaginative storytelling, we aim to inspire children with the wonder, confidence and critical skills to begin a life-long love of learning in museums.

Sessions explore different themes, including: Lighthouses, Pirates and Mermaids, Boats and Sea Creatures.


Badge making, make and take activity, hand painting (Snazaroo facepaint), storytelling, sand play, exploring our dark den, fishy treasure hunt and artefact handling.

Supports: Curriculum Guidance for Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Early learning goals include:
  • Communication, language and literacy – speaking and listening, responding to songs, stories and rhymes
  • Personal, social and emotional development – inspiring curiosity and confidence in using museums
  • Knowledge and understanding – investigating a museum artifact and exploring the galleries
  • Creative development – using media and materials such as crayons, paints, scissors, words, sounds, movement, props and make-believe.

Sessions are subject to availability.

To talk through your needs, book a visit or arrange a preview, please contact Seth Hall, Education Officer on Tel 01326 214535 or e-mail