There’s lots happening at the MAC for your Key Stage 1 & 2 classes. Whether you’re interested in a creative workshop, or an enchanting theatre production, here’s all the practical information you’ll need to plan your visit to the MAC.


Throughout the year we offer lots of creative learning opportunities for students of all ages.

Your class can experience a live theatre show, enjoy world-class art exhibitions, take a tour backstage or enjoy a customised creative workshop led by a professional artist. 

Working closely with the current curriculum, we’ve created a number of opportunities to support primary school learning at the MAC.

Visit the Galleries

You can take a guided tour of our exhibitions with our Curator, available at £2 per pupil.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and are delivered by a member of our curatorial or front of house team, who will show you and your class around, explain more about the artist’s life and work and offer your creative learning packs to go with the exhibition. 

This Autumn, our David Hockney tour for schools is a must.  

Booking in advance for tours is essential, please email Clare Lawlor for more information. 

Take a Workshop

The MAC works with a host of experienced musicians, artists and creatives to deliver our exciting and educational creative workshops.

From dance and music to drama and photography, we can craft the perfect workshop to meet the needs of your class.

Workshops start from £140, including the artist’s fees and all materials. Lasting 1.5 hours with a professional artist, followed by a navigated tour of the MAC’s exhibitions. To book a workshop, contact Clare Lawlor.

See a Show

There’s nothing more exciting than a day at the theatre. We bring stories to life on stage with productions happening throughout the school year.

This Christmas, you won’t want to miss Pinocchio – a magical musical produced by Cahoots NI and the MAC, featuring dazzling illusions and beautiful music.

Talk to us about our special £8 school tickets. Schools performances for Pinocchio are almost booked out – so you need to get in quick. To book your tickets, contact Melissa McMinn

With the best value tickets in town, we are delighted to exclusively offer schools an £8 special reduced rate for tickets and For every 10 tickets booked, you’ll get an 11th ticket free!

“The best Christmas show we’ve ever been to over the years. A big hit!”  Teacher at Fairview Primary School, 2015.

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Your contact at the MAC

For any questions about a school visit to the MAC, Clare Lawlor, our Learning and Participation Officer would love to hear from you. Contact Clare on: or call us on 028 90 235053.

Coach Drop Off

The coach drop-off point for school visits is at Exchange street West (beside St. Anne’s Cathedral) and right beside the MAC entrance. This is where you will be dropped off when taking part in Passport to the MAC, our transport scheme for schools.

Access and Facilities

The MAC is a fully accessible venue with lifts to all floors, hearing loop facilities, audio described and captioned shows, relaxed performances and accessible seating. As well as this, our new outreach project MACTile Tours was created to work with families and children with special needs and particularly Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Healthy Lunches

Packed lunches can be provided by our in-house catering partner, NATIVE by Yellow Door. We can provide sandwiches, healthy snacks, or whatever suits your group during their visit to the MAC. Bringing your own is also encouraged and lunches can be eaten in our workshop spaces.

Resource Packs

Please contact us to request a resource pack for David Hockney: I draw, I do.

Safeguarding Policy

Download a copy of the MAC’s Safeguarding Policy.

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