Schools, colleges and universities

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is now closed for development of the History Centre. Our schools service will be temporarily out of action while we plan our future offer. Expect us to return in 2017 with new and exciting opportunities for you and your pupils.

During this time we will be developing new online resources based on our collections for use in the classroom. These will include digital resources such as pupil-led games and teacher’s resources offering easy ways to engage your pupils with our collections.

We will still offer self-directed visits at Smeaton’s Tower for exciting out-of-school experiences which support curriculum learning and encourage engagement with history, arts and science. We believe that enjoyment, inspiration and creativity are central to this.

Why visit Smeaton’s Tower?

Photograph of a lighthouse in a park settingA visit to Smeaton’s Tower is a perfect opportunity to develop pupils’ creativity and imagination. It is a particularly useful historic site to visit for STEM subjects, as well as History, Geography and Art. Why not combine your visit with a trip to the Mayflower Museum, to learn more about Plymouth’s role in the Mayflower story?

A visit can be an integral part of your longer-term planning, supporting subjects across the curriculum. There is so much to do and see during a visit, that the possibilities for follow-up activities are endless.

What can we offer?

We offer self-directed sessions which can be booked from Tuesday to Friday, depending on availability.

Smeaton’s Tower is very popular, so it is essential for you to book in advance of your visit. If you are interested in booking a school group visit, please email

For any other school enquiries, please email

We recommend that all teachers visit before making a booking, for planning and risk assessment purposes.