Self-Guided Visits and Resources
These resources can be used if you have booked a self-guided educational group visit to the museum, or while some of your groups are having workshops, these resources may help the other classes who are simultaneously spending time looking at the museum galleries or the park.
Introducing the museum
We recommend that you start by asking your class to discuss what a museum is, why the objects are special and why only certain things are to be touched if the adults say so. They should discuss the ways they should behave in the museum galleries, how to leave the toilets tidy and how best to move between rooms given that it is open to the public, used by other school groups and there will be other events going on. They could decide what key rules they should follow. It is often helpful to briefly sit a group down in a room to focus them on what the room is all about and what they will be doing/looking for. We recommend that you don’t spend long in each room to help them to stay engaged.
Trails to use in the galleries
You can lead little quests or discussions or drawing activities in each room. The Stamp Search Trail, described below, will help with that.
The Stamp Search Trail
We have some copies of the specific schools’ version of the Stamp Search Trail which you can ask for at the front desk. One trail sheet per class can be given to the class teacher to help you to guide a few quick activities in each room with your class. You can pick one different child in each room to use the lever to stamp the class trail card.
You can also download trails before your visit, see below for some options.
Also good for schools, there are 2 indoor trails and 2 outdoor trails here.
Using the park
During your self-guided time, at any point, you may wish to go outside to spend time in the park where there is a lot to see or to use the playground. These types of outdoor activities can be a good way to allow some groups a chance to have a change of space and activity. Please remember to sign out and back in when your leave or return to the museum.
There are some activity trails you can use in the park for example:
Groups can do orienteering here if you have arranged it in advance. They will use the maps and a variety of routes of different lengths and skill levels to locate the markers around the park. Maps are freely available via the website of the British Orienteering Club at Gunnersbury Park - Go Orienteering