Aberdeen Science Centre / Venue Hire / Corporate Bookings
Frequently Asked Questions
Do we have to wear facemasks?
Yes. As per Scottish Goverment guidance anyone over the age of 5 have to wear facemasks whilst in Aberdeen Science Centre.
When can we visit?
The Centre will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Currently, we have Wednesdays – Friday available for school bookings. We will be open for a maximum of 2 groups per day.
How soon do I need to confirm the booking?
All school trip requirements must be confirmed two weeks before the visit. This includes the number of pupils attending and show or workshop.
What is included in the entry?
Currently, due to COVID19 we are offering 2 hours to explore the centre’s two floors of exhibitions only.
Entry to Aberdeen Science Centre includes a show or workshop* and time to explore our redeveloped exhibition floor with over sixty new exhibits. You will be provided with a teacher’s timetable upon your arrival, which is a guide to your activities.
*Please note the shows and workshop in our STEM Learning Programme are subject to availability.
What happens when I arrive?
You will be met by a dedicated staff member at Reception. We’ll give your group a welcome talk – including information about Fire exits and other details you need to know during your visit.
Please try to stick to your group/bubble. We will be operating quite a strict timetable for the day to ensure you have a safe visit.
Can I change the number of pupils attending?
Currently, we are taking booking for bubbles of up to 35 children. You can alter/amend the number of children within that bubble, however, if the number is above 35 children, you will need to book another session.
Will there be members of public in the building?
Yes, as a visitor centre we are open to public from seven days a week.
How do I pay?
You can make a payment on the day of your visit through cheque, credit card or cash. We can also invoice the school after your visit.
At confirmation stage, you will be asked to share the PO for the trip (if required by your school office).
What happens if we're running late or early?
If you are running late, don’t worry, just give us a call on 01224 640 340 and inform us your estimated time of arrival. We will try our best to accomodate your class visit.
If you are early, please check with the reception staff and if there is room, we will be able to start early.
Do you have space for bus drop offs?
Yes. There is a dedicated drop off bay right outside the front of Aberdeen Science Centre’s doors.
Will there be somewhere to store our belongings?
We have dedicated space (and trolleys) available for you to store coats, bags and packed lunches. Our staff will let you know on your arrival.
Aberdeen Science Centre cannot take responsibility for any items that go missing during your visit so please do not bring anything of value with you. There are lockers available if you need to use these.
Am I allowed to take photos?
You can take photos of your class as long as you have prior permission from pupil’s parents/guardians.
You cannot take photos of other visitors in the Science Centre.
Can we bring packed lunches?
You can bring packed lunches. However, please let us know at the time of booking if you need space for packed lunches as this depends on availability.
Do you have a cafe?
Yes, the cafe will be open operating at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing and with contactless payments preferred.
Please check our Cafe’ page for menu and other more details.
Can we visit the Gift shop?
Located at the entrance reception, we have a Gift Shop with a selection of new, affordable pocket-money educational items suitable for all ages and own branded merchandise.
If you would like to include time for your class to visit the shop, please inform our Education staff at the time of booking.