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We love welcoming schools to the museum

The River & Rowing Museum, in its beautiful riverside setting, brings learning to life in a fun and interactive way.  We give schools the opportunity to get up close to museum objects and take part in hands-on curriculum-led experiences.

We are certified with the Quality Badge for Learning Outside The Classroom.

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A group of school children stand beside the river, looking for wildlife that is on their worksheet including different types of ducks.
Children in school uniform feel different materials including a sheep's fleece seat cushion and a wooden sliding seat from a rowing boat

Ways of visiting

Full day visit (Tuesday to Thursday)

  • A workshop taught in our beautiful river-side Thames Room, with hands-on activities
  • A guided walk along the river (or we can arrange a boat trip for an additional price)
  • A teacher-led session in the Museum’s galleries supported by resources

£8.50 per pupil +VAT (accompanying adults free)


Self-led visit

Spend time in our Museum galleries; the River Gallery, Rowing Gallery, Henley Gallery, Piper Gallery and Wind in the Willows, as well as our temporary exhibition spaces.

£4.75 per pupil +VAT (accompanying adults free)


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Education FAQs

How many children can you accommodate?

We can accommodate up to 60 pupils per day.

When can we visit?

We are currently scheduling school visits on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

How long can we stay?

Our full days usually run from 10.00am to 2.15pm but we may be able to be flexible with these timingsIf you are booking for a self-led visit, the Museum is open 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Where can we eat lunch?

If the weather is dry and warm, we encourage you to use our beautiful setting next to the river and have lunch on Mill Meadows, opposite the Museum. If you would prefer to eat indoors, you can lunch in our Thames Room.


Can we park coaches at the Museum?

We have free parking for coaches.

How accessible are you?

We have a ramp from the car park to the Museum and from the Museum onto the path to the Meadows. The walks along the tow path are step-free but there are slopes along the route. We have an accessible toilet downstairs and the first floor galleries are accessed via a lift.

Do you provide risk assessments?

Our ‘Notes for Writing a Risk Assessment’ document for full day visits can be found here along with pre-visit information here.  Our ‘Notes for Writing a Risk Assessment’ document for self-led visits can be found here along-with pre-visit information here.


How many adults can we bring?

Our ratios are:

1:2 for pupils between the ages of 0-2

1:6 for pupils between the ages 3-7

1:8 for pupils between the ages of 7-11

1:15 for pupils aged 11+

The more the merrier!

We value adult input and want you to have an enjoyable visit too. We will even make you a cup of tea at lunchtime!


Do you offer pre- or post- visit ideas?

Yes! Download a copy here: Download Here

What are your terms and conditions?

Our terms and conditions can be read here and by confirming your booking you are accepting these terms and conditions.

Thanks for a brilliant day. We were looked after so well, the activities were well-thought out and engaging for the children, who all enjoyed their day.

Year 6 Leader, Visiting Primary School

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