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School Visits

School Visits

We know that planning a school trip can be hard work, that’s why we have put the information together below outlining what we can offer and how you can make the most of your time with us.

If you are travelling to Chesterfield by coach then free parking can be arranged by contacting Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre or by completing the booking form here.

Sole use of the museum
If you prefer sole use of the Museum is available on Tuesday or Wednesday, or any weekday evening all year round. We will do our best to help you.

Please talk to us about how we can help you to make the most of your visit. Please give us at least one month’s notice so that we can make arrangements for:
•Exclusive use of the museum
•A minimum of two members of staff to help with delivery
•Sessions designed specifically for your group
•A ‘search the museum’ trail linked to our temporary exhibition at no extra cost
•Colouring sheets, worksheets and stationery provided free of charge
•Mystery handling objects and handling objects on the following, subject to availability.

  • Ancient greeks
  • Let there be light
  • Vikings
  • Medieval
  • Day in the life of a miner
  • WW2 evacuees suitcase
  • School days
  • Victorian
  • The home front
  • Women's history
  • Tudor
  • Roman
  • George Stephenson
  • World War One
  • Laundry day
  • Toys and games

£36 for the first hour and £18 per hour or part hour after. Payment in advance or on the day in either cash or cheque (payable to Chesterfield Borough Council).

Visit during public opening hours
The Museum is open to the public Monday and Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. If visiting during these hours there is no charge, although donations would be gratefully accepted. Please give consideration to other visitors and include this in your risk assessment.
Whilst here museum staff can provide you with:
•Introductory talk of 5-10 minutes
•The remainder of the sessions should be delivered by the organiser. We strongly advise a pre-visit to the Museum to plan your day.
•A ‘search the museum’ trail linked to our temporary exhibition at no extra cost.
•Handling objects available by prior arrangement, subject to availability
•Colouring sheets or worksheets for some topics which we can send to you as a pdf for you to print, or we can print them for you at a cost of 15p per sheet.
•Stationery including clip boards and pencils provided free of charge for your session.

If you have any further questions please contact us on 01246 345727 or To make a booking complete the form online here. Due to the nature of the Museum we suggest a maximum group size of no more than 60 children.

About the Museum
•We have a shop which sells gifts, books and pocket money items.
•Unfortunately refreshments aren’t available on site and we don’t have space for visitors to have packed lunches. There are, however, many cafes in the surrounding area.
•Toilet facilities are available including an accessible toilets and baby changing unit.
•The museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Last updated on 19 July 2019