Museum of London closure:
FAQ for schools
Want to know more about our move? Find the answers here.
Why is the Museum of London closed for school visits?
The Museum of London is moving to West Smithfield where we are creating a bigger and better museum – The London Museum - which is due to open in 2026. To enable us to prepare and relocate our collections, and to focus on the creation of the new displays, our site at London Wall closed as a visitor attraction in December 2022. This means schools can no longer visit the Museum of London. Our other museum, the Museum of London Docklands, remains open for school visits as usual.
How will you inform teachers about content, displays and schools programming at the new museum?
The best way to stay up-to-date with our future plans around schools programming is via our Teachers’ Network.
Our Teachers’ Network is the museum’s free regular e-newsletter for educators. Members of this network will be the first to hear about our plans with and for schools.
Are your online resources still available?
During closure we’ll keep offering exciting opportunities for online learning, including our popular live stream offer for primary schools.
We’ll also be refreshing our online resources for the most-loved topics at our London Wall site - the Great Fire of London, Prehistory, Roman London and Votes for Women. Plus you’ll still have access to our online resources already available.
And don’t forget about our fireoflondon.org website dedicated to the Great Fire of London!
What sessions are available?
School visits will continue at the Museum of London Docklands, with sessions covering topics including World War Two and Victorian London. We’ll be focusing on refreshing and expanding our schools offer there in the next few years. If you’re a primary, secondary or SEND school teacher and would like to have an input into our schools programming at the Museum of London Docklands please email our Learning team to join our Teachers’ Advisory Panel.
Are the Great Fire of London, Roman and Prehistory exhibits on display anywhere else while the museum is closed?
Unfortunately there are no plans to move any Museum of London galleries and exhibits to a different location during our closure period. Please also be aware that these topics are not covered in the galleries at the Museum of London Docklands.
Are you offering any sessions on the Great Fire, Romans and Prehistory while the museum is closed?
We aren't delivering sessions on these topics at the Museum of London Docklands as those subjects aren’t covered in the galleries there.
Please be assured that we remain committed to our key topics for primary schools – Prehistory, Roman London and the Great Fire – and these will all feature in the new London Museum when it opens in 2026.
During our closure period, we will continue to support schools with their teaching of these topics via:
- regular termly live streams (from summer 2023 onwards)
- online resources
- working with partners to promote and support their learning offers for schools – opportunities will be promoted via our Teachers’ Network emails
- project work including refreshing our online resources.
Will your current school workshops be available when the new museum opens?
The London Museum will cover a wider range of topics than our current museum and take a fresh look at how these are presented, so we are not planning on running the same programme – it’ll be even better!