Space for Learning

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

Inspiration visits to other sites

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
  • Baltic
  • Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  • Bristol Museum
  • Cartoon Museum
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery: Glass window
  • Clore Learning Centre, Hampton Court Palace
  • Corinium
  • 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
  • Stonehenge
  • 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