Group Visits

We can accommodate groups of between 8 and 25 people. We'll offer you a tour of the museum and a talk relevant to your group's interest or need. There are two options:

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Standard Museum Tour (for Groups) - details

You'll see the permanent exhibition highlighting the vast range of our collections and showcasing some of the College's treasures. The displays are constantly evolving and there are also temporary exhibition cases on diverse topics. The Sutcliffe Room and the adjoining Giles Room may be visited by public groups for a suggested donation (minimum £25), and strictly by advance appointment.

We are normally able to accommodate group visitors between 10.00am-5.00pm from Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays). Last appointment 5.00pm. Accompanied children are welcome but please bear in mind that this is a working building. All visits are supervised by a member of Museum staff who will be pleased to answer your questions or supply further information on any relevant historic topic. The Gallery is quite small. An average group visit lasts around 45-50 minutes, and there is the opportunity, for those who wish, to linger amongst the displays after the tour is over.

The Sutcliffe and Giles Rooms are quite small. If choosing only the 'Standard' option group organisers may wish to combine a visit to the BOA Museum with a visit to another attraction, such as the Benjamin Franklin House in the same street. We can offer advice on this.

The rooms can only reasonably accommodate about fifteen-twenty persons at a time. Larger groups may visit successfully if they are prepared to divide across the rooms.

Full Building Tour (for Groups) - details

The prestige rooms of the College include the Council Room with ante-room, the Panelled Room and Print Room. They contain many of the College's finest paintings, prints, furniture and items of decorative art. It is possible to take an extended tour of these rooms guided by the Curator for a set fee per person (including the organiser). You will also get to see the spaces included as part of our Standard Museum Tour (see above). Full Building Tours for groups take between 1.5 and 2 hours.

You can book a Full Building Tour any time between 9.30am-4.00pm from Monday-Friday (excluding public holidays) with the last appointment at 4.00pm but, because these rooms are in frequent use, the number of available appointments is strictly limited and one or more rooms may not be available - sometimes at short notice.

£10 per person (no concessions; College Fellows and Members free. Members of the Museums Association free. Persons on the partially-sighted register free).

Handling session as part of a Full Building Tour

We always recommend to groups that they choose the Full Building Tour option. This is the only option that means you'll get to see our best stuff, and it is far easier to talk to groups in the larger spaces featured during this tour. Far from it being too long a tour, many group leaders have commented afterwards that they wished there had been more time, as there is so much to see.

Contact us to discuss specially themed tours, special interest handling sessions or out-of-hours tours (at the College's discretion, additional security fees payable). We regret we do not offer catering to museum visitor groups.

Groups to have visited the museum recently include:

Luton U3A
Croydon U3A
Friends of Millbank
Bromley Arts Society
Society of the Chemical Industry
Wenzhou Medical University
Worshipful Company of Glovers
Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
Northamptonshire Police
Chambre de Commerce & d’Industrie de Maine et Loire
Spectacle Makers Society
British Council Association
London Metropolitan University - The Cass
Volunteer guides of the Royal Observatory
University of Derby, illustration course
Dulwich U3A Science Group
The Courtauld Institute
Millennium Masters' Mistresses Association

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Group Visits Testimonial

I am writing to thank you once again for your efforts last week in taking our small group of ladies around the College and Museum. You really are to be congratulated because we found it a fascinating, informative and enjoyable tour. You managed to pitch it just right for us...I found examining all your art works, collections and treasures across a wide range of craft skills, but all with your very special theme, an interesting experience which quite bowled me over

D.R. (March 2012)

Dutch group of museum visitors

We said 'Goede dag' to this Dutch group...

Chinese group of museum visitors

and 'Nihao' to this Chinese group