Inspiration visits to other sites

The Discovery Centre and outdoor space at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk. RSPB/ISG Jackson.
The Discovery Centre and outdoor space at RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk. RSPB/ISG Jackson

Many colleagues cite visiting other learning spaces and talking to peers about their experiences as the most valuable thing they did when planning new or refurbished spaces for learning.

We strongly recommend that you visit other learning spaces. You can use our case studies (coming soon!) or favourite spaces listed below to identify good spaces to visit near you.

Favourite spaces

Colleagues were surveyed in the spring of 2015 and asked to nominate their three favourite learning spaces. The list below is all of the spaces nominated.

Bagshaw Museum’s Education Room
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Bristol Museum
Cartoon Museum
Dulwich Picture Gallery: Glass window
Clore Learning Centre, Hampton Court Palace
Creative learning studio at McManus
Culzean Castle
Education Centre, Old Sturbridge Village, USA
Exeter Library
Getty Villa
Gillian Dickinson Learning Space at National Glass Centre
Gugging Museum: Outsider Art Museum in Austria
Haslemere Museum
Huddersfield Art Gallery
Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism
Investigate – Natural History Museum, London
IWM Duxford
Kensington Palace
Kew Gardens
Llyn Coed y Dinas Nature Reserve
Lousiana, Denmark
Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester: a Butterfly Conservation Reserve
Manchester Art Gallery (gallery space)
Museum of London
Museum of Hartlepool
Museum of rural life
National Galleries of Scotland learning studios
National Museum Wales Cardiff Discovery Centre
National Museum Wales Waterfront Museum
National Museums of Scotland
Order of St John
Outdoor storytelling area at the Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park
Pitt Rivers
PSS Wingfield Castle
Reggio Emilia ateliers
River & Rowing Museum
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Roundhouse, London
Tate Modern
The Eden Project (site)
The Photographers’ Gallery
The Showroom London
Victorian Classroom at the Ragged School Museum
Wells Cathedral 
Whitworth Art Gallery
York Museums Trust
Yorkshire Sculpture park