Inspiring students of all ages to learn new skills, get creative and make videogames!
We are proud to have welcomed thousands of students from all around the country, giving them a chance to learn about the rich history of videogames, make their own videogames and of course, play games! We believe videogames are a powerful and inspiring tool that allows young people to explore their creativity, gain valuable STEM knowledge and skills and have fun while learning.
Educational Visits to The National Videogame Museum
We are very glad to welcome back School and Educational Group visits to the NVM! Below you will find all the information you need to enquire and book your visit, including Costs, Risk Assessments and COVID 19 Guidance. Please submit an enquiry via the Bookings Form below and a member of our Learning Team will get back you as soon as possible.
Booking Enquiries & Information
Self Led Visit Cost:
- Per Student: £6.95
- Additional Adults: £11.00
- Maximum Capacity: 70 (Including students & accompanying adults)
- Minimum Capacity: 15 Students (Not including accompanying adults)
Each session runs for 2.5hrs, during which you will be the only educational group booked in for a visit. Sessions are available from 09:30 to 12:00 and 12:30 to 15:00 Monday to Wednesday, and 09:30 to 12:00 only on Thursdays/Fridays.
To enquire about a School Visit to the NVM please fill in the following enquiry form and a member of our Learning Team will be in touch shortly.
To learn more about the museum and our current exhibits, please visit our Exhibitions Page.
Risk Assessment & School Visit Guidance
- COVID 19 Guidance
- Face Coverings
- Risk Assessments
- Supervision and Behaviour
- Payments and Cancellation Policy
- Museum Gift Shop
- Travelling to the Museum
COVID 19 Guidance
The museum has in place extensive additional cleaning procedures and health & safety measures related to COVID 19 to ensure the safety of our visitors and our safety.
Due to this the NVM currently has a maximum capacity of 70 people in the galleries, this includes school bookings. We are also currently only taking school visits at times where we do not have additional members of the public or other school groups visiting. You can learn more about our additional safety measures here.
All visitors of the age 16 and over, including students, will be required to complete the relevant Track & Trace information for their visit. This can be provided before your visit or when you arrive. It is preferable to provide this information in advance as collecting this information on arrival can take some time and may impact your time in the museum.
We are asking all visitors (and students) over and including the age of 5 years to wear a face covering while they are visiting the museum, not including visitors/students with a medical exemption.
We are a highly interactive museum, with over 60 playable games, and requiring masks helps us to keep our visitors and staff safe on site. This requirement will be reviewed regularly according to updated government guidance and our own internal risk assessments.
Our reception team has a supply of additional face masks available at cost if you do not bring your own. Any additional masks provided can be added to the invoice for the school booking.
If you have any questions or concerns about the most up to date information regarding our COVID 19 guidelines and your school booking please get in touch.
It is expected that all visiting educational groups prepare their own Risk Assessment for their visit. You can view the NVM’s Site Risk Assessment here to assist with this. The NVM also has Public Liability Insurance.
All our staff have undergone a standard police check. Staff working directly with students have undergone a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Staff in the hands-on galleries or delivering educational events have relevant experience and training. For information about our safeguarding and recruitment policy please see our Letter of Assurance.
Allergens: As a part of some of our workshops, we do use allergens such as fruit. Notice of any allergens will be displayed before the workshop. If you have any concerns about allergens please contact us.
Supervision & Behaviour
We expect all adult group leaders to remain with and to supervise their students or group at all times during their visit. We also expect adult group leaders ensure their students or group members follow any COVID 19 Guidance in place at the museum at the time of their visit.
While we are not currently taking school bookings during public opening sessions, parts of the building where the NVM is located are open and accessible to the public at all times.
Before your visit, please discuss appropriate conduct with your students or group members. If their behaviour impacts the safety of other members of the public, our staff members or our exhibits we may ask this individual to leave. While it is hopefully very unlikely, please have a contingency plan in place should this occur during your visit.
We expect all visitors and students to adhere to our Safeguarding & Anti-Harassment Policy.
Please make sure you have the correct adult-to-student ratio for your visit to the museum:
- Primary School – 8:1
- Secondary School, College Groups etc. – 10:1
Payments & Cancellation Policy
We can accept payment by card, or by invoice. We are not currently taking cash payments.
Please be aware that cancellations within 7 days of the date of the booking will be charged at 50% of the agreed rate. Cancellations on the day of the booking will be charged at the full rate.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your booking please get in touch with our Learning Team as soon as possible.
Museum Gift Shop
Students are welcome to visit the gift shop, please be aware that you may need to visit the gift shop in smaller groups due to its size and capacity. Please note that we are currently only taking card payments.
Travelling to the Museum
The museum is based in Sheffield City Centre in the Castle House Building. We do not currently have parking spaces for buses or cars, but there is temporary parking for dropping off and picking up groups just in front of the building.
Alternatively, the NVM is about a 10 minute walk from Sheffield Train Station. Castle Square is the nearest tram stop to the NVM and it’s about a 30 second walk from stop to the museum. We are easily accessible by bus, use the Travel South Yorkshire journey planner to help you get here.
Our address is: The National Videogame Museum, Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield, S3 8LN.
If you would like to be the first to learn about new workshop offers or events or get in touch with our learning team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our learning team will be happy to help with your enquiry and will be in touch as soon as we can.
In the meantime, take a look at our Free Learning Resources designed to get young people started making their own videogames at home or in the classroom!
The National Videogame Museum is an Artmark Partner!
We are proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture. Find out more about Artsmark at www.artsmark.org.uk
To find out how the National Videogame Museum can support your Artsmark journey, email our Learning Officer Leah Dungay at email@example.com