Practicalities and facilties

Visiting times The National Museum of Computing is available to schools on weekdays during the usual working hours. Guided Tours may be arranged outside of these times by contacting our operations department. We are currently unable to accommodate self-guided visits because of space and health and safety issues. Please be aware that at times members of the public, schools, colleges or university groups may also be visiting the Museum.

Health and Safety There is a risk-assessment guidance sheet available on the website. Teachers who book a visit to TNMOC are entitled to a free pre-visit. A member of staff will take you around the museum and discuss your needs, highlighting any important issues.

Disabled Access Our facilities are fully accessible for wheelchair users. Areas of the museum are covered by T-loop for hearing impaired visitors. Ear defenders are available on request. We are happy to make any reasonable adjustments for the needs of your students. Please let us know what your group’s needs are before your visit.

Staff and student supervision For the Computability visit you will be split into groups of up to 15. You will need to bring at least one member of staff for each group. Most school visits are led by our education facilitators with input necessary from accompanying teachers. OFSTED-recommended ratios for age groups must be maintained by teaching staff at all times. We do not allow our staff to have sole responsibility for children on the visit and therefore adequate staff supervision must be provided at all times by the visiting group. Discipline is the responsibility of the teachers or other staff, not the education staff.

Photography Students are encouraged to take photos during their visit. If you wish to share your images on Twitter or Instagram, please tag us @ltnmoc Some areas of the Museum are covered by webcam (images only).

Coats and Bags Coats and bags can be left in either the meeting room or the classroom. You will be advised which is your base for the day. Visitors are responsible for their own belongings -- there may be other visitors in the Museum on the day of your visit. The National Museum of Computing cannot be held responsible for students' items lost or stolen on the day of your visit.

Lunch Arrangements Students and staff will need to bring a packed lunch. They can bring some money if they wish to purchase a drink or confectionery. Our shop stocks crisps, chocolate and drinks. If you wish us to arrange lunch, please contact us for details. It is not practical for students to leave the site to purchase lunch during their visit. Please note that visitors may eat only in the designated lunch areas, which are usually the meeting room or classroom.

Parking Minibuses are welcome to park and remain in the Museum car park. Please indicate on your booking form if you are visiting the Museum by coach or minibus. Coaches and minibuses can enter Bletchley Park by prior arrangement and park right outside the Museum for students to disembark. We have to ask coaches to leave the site once students are inside the Museum. There is a coach park at the MK Dons stadium. Coaches may return at the end of your visit period to collect your students.

Emergency Procedures All visitors should abide by the emergency procedure (laid out below) in case of fire of other emergency. Please follow the directions of Museum staff.
Please advise Trust staff if any member of your group is injured or unwell while on the premises.
The fire alarm is tested each Tuesday at 10.30 am. If the fire alarm is activated at any other time during your visit, or if you are asked to leave the building for any other reason, please follow the directions of the fire warden and museum staff and evacuate the building immediately. Do not allow members of your group to stop and pick up personal possessions. Unless otherwise directed by the museum staff, you should assemble in the grass verge opposite the Block H car park. There is a fire assembly sign. Confirm that all members of your group are accounted for (remember to bring enough lists of the party for each group). If a member of your group is unaccounted for, inform a member of the fire warden team immediately. Do not re-enter the building until the Fire Brigade informs you that it is safe to do so. If you discover a fire, immediately raise the alarm. Break glass points are located around the museum inform a member of the museum staff.

When you arrive

Do please ask the visit organiser to have our telephone number (01908 374708) to hand on route to the Museum so that your organiser can inform us directly should your expected arrival time differ by more than 15 mins of the booked time. We can then adjust your programme accordingly.

Upon arrival, your group will be taken to a room where you may leave bags and belongings during the day. Personal belongings are, of course, left at the owner’s risk.

Directions to the Museum

The National Museum of Computing is a no smoking area. Smoking is permitted outside the Museum in the car park area.

Please note that:

  • at times members of the public may also be visiting the Museum
  • at times other school, college or university groups may also be visiting the Museum.