Horsham Museum & Art Gallery is closed. Despite the Government’s announcement of revised social-distancing guidelines, we will remain closed whilst plans are put in place to allow us to re-open the museum safely and with an improved customer experience.

Visit the museum as a school group

Plan a self-led visit to the museum with your school group to see the permanent collection or special exhibitions. With galleries full of objects to support cross-curricular topics, the museum is the perfect place for your students to find out about the past.

Book your visit

Please call or email museum@horsham.gov.uk to book your visit. We will need to know:

  • First and second choice of date and time
  • Number of students and adults
  • Galleries you want to visit
  • Access or special requirements

Plus, why not combine your visit with a workshop led by the museum's Schools team in your own classroom? Find out more about these hands-on sessions on our School workshops page.

  • If travelling by coach, the best place to drop off and pick up is the loading bay in the Carfax next to the bandstand. Passengers will be dropped directly into the heart of Horsham with a five-minute walk to the museum.

  • You are welcome to bring packed lunches and picnics to eat in the museum garden.

  • The following information is to help you prepare a risk assessment for your school’s  visit to Horsham Museum & art Gallery

    Planning visits

    We strongly recommend that you make a planning visit before you bring your group so that you can assess potential hazards for yourself, both in our buildings and on your journey to us.

    Our galleries, exhibitions, learning spaces and lunch areas

    All the museum’s public areas have been designed and are maintained to ensure that they are safe for schools and other visitors. These spaces are continuously checked on a daily basis to  remove or minimise hazards.

    Our activities for schools

    All our workshops with our partner education team (LPK Learning) are designed to remove or minimise hazards and they carry out a risk assessment for every activity.

    Any materials, equipment or objects used are checked to make sure they are safe and any trip/slip hazards are removed.

    Risk assessments are reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure that they reflect any changes to the activities or spaces in which they take place.

    If a session involves a specific hazard that we feel teachers should know about, we will send this information to the school in advance of the visit and remind the group leader at the beginning of the activity.

    Our people

    All our facilitators that work with children have a DBS check.

    Fire and evacuation

    We have fully tested evacuation procedures in place in case of fire or other emergencies. In the case of an evacuation, school groups are escorted to a muster point by our staff. Our buildings are fitted with alarm systems and emergency exits are clearly marked.

    First aid

    We have members of staff who are trained in providing first aid. Please inform our front desk staff immediately if anyone in your group requires assistance due to illness or injury.

    Insurance

    We have public liability insurance through Horsham District Council

    Lost pupils

    Please inform our front desk staff or Schools Volunteers immediately if any pupils become separated from the group and you are unable to find them.

    Supervision

    Please note that teachers and accompanying adults are responsible for the health and safety of their group and should remain with pupils at all times while in our buildings and during any emergency evacuations.