12. 25th December
13. car park
Hello, and thank you for asking me to your teachers' meeting to talk about the Dinosaur Museum and to tell you a bit about what you can do with your students there.
Well, let me give you some of the basic information first. In regard to opening hours, we're open every day of the week from 9. 00 am to 8. 00 pm except on Mondays when we close at 1.30 pm(Q11). And, in fact the only day in the year when we're closed is on the 25th of December(Q12). You can book a guided tour for your school group any time that we're open.
If you bring a school group to the museum, when you arrive we ask you to remain with your group in the car park. One or more of the tour guides will welcome you there (Q13)and brief you about what the tour will be about. We do this there because our entrance is quite small and we really haven't got much room for briefing groups in the exhibition area.
As far as the amount of time you'll need goes, if you bring a school group you should plan on allowing a minimum of 90 minutes for the visit. This allows 15 minutes to get on and off the coach, 45 minutes(Q14) for the guided tour and 30 minutes for after-tour activities.
If you're going to have lunch at the museum you will, of course, have to allow more time. There are two cafés in the museum, with seating for 80 people. If you want to eat there you'll need to reserve some seating, as they can get quite crowded at lunch time. Then outside the museum at the back there are tables(Q15), and students can bring their own lunch and eat it there in the open air.