Don't qualify for a bus scholarship? Check out the Metro! The Transit Education Team is now offering the Student Field Trip Program, which provides access to 20 approved destinations - including the Natural History Museum!
The Earthmobile is a 3rd-5th grade standards-based, cross curricular program focusing on Chumash culture through archaeological investigation. To learn more about the Earthmobile, click here
The Seamobile is a 6th-8th grade standards-based, cross curricular program focusing on marine biology. To learn more about the Seamobile, click here
To qualify as a school group you must be:
Other California organizations may qualify if actively providing academic instruction free of charge to school students. These groups are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
General Admission is free for all students and adults acting as a chaperone, additional fees are required for parking and adults beyond the allotted amount for Spider or Butterfly Pavilion.
Submit a Visit Request at least two weeks before your first choice date to ensure we can process it in time. We do our best to accommodate last-minute requests, but cannot guarantee availability.
Unfortunately we are unable to award any further Bus Scholarships at this time. We reccomend looking into the Metro Student Field Trip program as a way to get your class to the Museum!
For an exhibit, a section on the on-line form will ask you to choose exhibits (based on your visit dates) from a drop-down menu:
For a Guided Program or performance, a section on the on-line form will ask you to choose program requests (based on the date of your visit and grade of your students) from a drop-down menu:
If a request is submitted without choosing additional reservations, contact us with your tracking or order number to update your request. You may also check for availability during check-in the day of your visit.
To reschedule, e-mail or call to cancel your current visit and submit a new request.
Dates blocked on the calendar have reached maximum capacity for school groups or are reserved for special events. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We require one adult for every ten students for entry into the Museum, with a suggested maximum of one adult for every five students to ensure the best field trip experience. Due to capacity limitations, some exhibits, Guided Programs or performances may charge additional fees for extra chaperones or require they wait outside while students participate.
Chaperones arriving separately must be included in the day-of count when checking in. If they arrive after your group has entered the Museum, they must pick up a chaperone sticker for entry at the School Visits desk.
Chaperones are required to stay within eyesight of their students at all times inside the Museum and on Museum grounds, even if students are in Middle or High School.
Docents and Gallery Interpreters (staffed educators) are often in exhibits and at Curiosity Carts to answer questions and show students interesting artifacts. Look for blue shirts or vests with an Ask Me badge!
We do not provide tours to school groups. Click here for information on Guided Programming.
Lesson Plans and Activities These lesson plans include activities for the classroom as well as for the Museum visit.
What's New. Learn more about student and teacher opportunities and sign up for our NHM School Programs newsletter For Teachers.
No. Leave lunches on the bus, in the car, or securely zipped in backpacks. There is no food or drink allowed in the Museum.
The Museum provides a covered location to eat on very rainy days. This space requires a reservation, which can be made at check-in on the day of your visit.
Yes, however it must be ordered to-go and eaten outside the South Entrance. For wildlife management, we cannot allow schools or large groups to picnic in the Nature Gardens. To pre-order lunches, contact the NHM Grill at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 763-3250.
We're sorry, our loan service is no longer available.
Yes! If your order changes by ten or more people contact us ahead of time. Otherwise we update your numbers with an exact student and adult count the day of your visit. Please note that we may not be able to accommodate a large addition in Guided Programming or exhibit reservations.