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Outreach and virtual sessions

Bring the Horniman to your school with our new outreach classroom sessions and live virtual sessions.

Outreach sessions

1-hour interactive classroom session with object handling. Gloves can be provided, non-touch option available.

Pond, River, Sea (EYFS)

Go on an imaginative, interactive journey with the Horniman walrus in search of a seahorse. Together we will explore a pond, the Amazon river and the ocean, and encounter some of the animals that live there.

Arctic Adventure (Reception and KS 1)

Take an exciting, imaginary trip to the Arctic to encounter some of the amazing animals that live there, and learn about traditional Inuit life.

Around Africa (KS1)

Discover the natural and cultural diversity of the African continent. We’ll visit a busy market in Accra, a city in Ghana, learn about the people and animals of the Maasai Mara wilderness and explore African toys through play.

Animals and their Habitats (KS1)

Explore different habitats, the animals that live there and how their amazingly adapted bodies help them survive. We’ll think about some of the challenges these creatures face in our changing world and what we can do to help them.

Toys (KS1)

Play with traditional toys from around the world in this fun workshop, from storytelling dolls to pendulum toys. Together, we will explore the materials, mechanisms and history of these exciting objects.

Rainforest People and Animals (KS2)

Immerse yourself in the rainforest habitat, encounter animals that live there and learn about the lives of the people who call it their home. We’ll discuss the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences locally and globally.

Other subjects

We have some flexibility to cover other subjects at your school. Please contact us to discuss your ideas and requirements.

Virtual sessions

Free trials available in October.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 with a choice of:

  • 1-hour option: a shorter live session with follow-up extension activities
  • 1½-2-hour option: a longer live session broken up by guided classroom activities. Contact us for a full session outline and online safety policy statement.

Ancient Benin

Learn about the modern and ancient history of Benin City through the artwork of the Edo people. Explore the symbolism and significance of Benin Bronzes, the stories that they tell, and debate their place in UK museums today.

Rainforest People and Animals

Immerse yourself in the rainforest habitat, learn about life in the rainforest and the people and animals that live there. Discuss the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences locally and globally.

Details and prices

Our outreach and virtual sessions are available in November and December 2020.


£120.00 (£144.00 inc. VAT) for the first class session.

  • Additional sessions on the same topic will be charged at £72.50 (£87.00 inc VAT) per class.
  • Maximum 3 classes per outreach visit.
  • We can run up to 3 sessions back to back, on the condition that the classes form part of the same bubble.
  • Gloves can be provided, non-touch option available.


£72.50 (£87.00 inc VAT) per session.

  • Sessions are run on Zoom, MS Teams or Google Classroom and can accommodate up to 3 classes simultaneously.
  • Free trials available in October (four are available, on a first come, first served basis.)

We offer a bursary to support eligible schools. Contact us to discuss criteria.

We understand that circumstances are changing very quickly in the present climate so we are temporarily waiving our cancellation fee in the event that schools need to cancel due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Prize Draw

We would love to hear your thoughts on our offer. Fill in our short survey by 23 October for a chance to win a free outreach visit to your school.

Terms and Conditions: Survey runs from 1 to 23 October 2020 and is restricted to one entry per school. One winner will be selected at random and notified on 26 October 2020. The prize winner must contact the museum within two weeks to claim the prize and book the outreach visit. The prize is one outreach visit to your school comprising a maximum of three class sessions on one subject chosen from our current outreach offer, on the condition that the classes are part of the same bubble. The outreach visit must take place before 18 December 2020.

Data protection: All personal data will be held securely and managed in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation. It will not be passed to any third parties. Read full details of our privacy policy.

Contact Us

Contact us if you would like to book a free trial virtual session in October (limited availability) or make a booking for a virtual or outreach session in November or December. Alternatively, if you are interested in our offer for SEND, Secondary or other audiences, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

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Explore your topic with our Learning challenge videos on the Horniman’s YouTube channel and check out our Learning Resources.

We would also like to hear from you if you are interested in joining our Teacher Panel to help shape our schools programme.