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Contact NHM School Programs

(213) 763-3529

Request a visit!

Field Trips on the Metro!

Need a ride?

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!

Click here to learn more!

Visit Our Earthmobile and Seamobile Pages!

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


School Program FAQ


Scheduling a Visit

Fill out and submit an online Visit Request at least two weeks before the visit. We do our best to accommodate last-minute requests, but cannot guarantee availability. If using district transportation, the representative may submit the visit request. Please check with them before submitting a duplicate request.

Blocked Dates

Dates that cannot be selected on the form are at capacity or reserved for special events. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Program and Exhibit Reservations

Programs and exhibits available to a group are chosen from a drop-down menu on the request form. Contact us with the tracking or order number to update or add requests. Schools may also check availability for exhibits and performances at check-in the day of the visit. Please note a request does not guarantee a reservation.

Cancel or Reschedule a Visit

E-mail or call to cancel a visit, and include the order number from the e-mail confirmation. To reschedule, additionally submit a new request, using the order number from the e-mail confirmation.

Update Order Information

If your order changes by ten or more students contact us ahead of time, otherwise the order will be updated with an exact student and adult count the day of the visit. We may be unable to accommodate additions to program or exhibit reservations.


To qualify for a free school visit, a group must be:

  • An accredited California K-12 public or private school.
  • A preschool providing academic instruction to students of 2+ years old.
  • A program based onsite at a school and providing instruction to that school's students.
    For example clubs, teams or programs like STAR, LA BEST, or Beyond the Bell.
  • A Head Start or Child Development Center.
  • A group with ten or more students.

Other California organizations may qualify if actively providing academic instruction at a school site free of charge to school students. These groups are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If a group does not meet these requirements, they may visit on a Free Tuesday or by booking through Group Visits.
If you are a homeschool, take a look at our free Homeschool Days.



Museum Admission

General Admission and additional program and exhibit reservations are provided to all students, and for up to one adult for every five students at no cost. Beginning August 12, additional adults beyond the 1:5 ratio must purchase a discounted $10.00 chaperone ticket on the day of the visit. Additional adults will also be charged for the Spider Pavilion, Butterfly Pavilion and Traveling Exhibits. Exemptions apply, call for more information.

California teachers always receive free General Admission with a current school ID or pay stub.


Parking in Lot 2 for busses is $10.00 cash only, charter busses may be charged more.
Parking in Lot 3 or the NHM Car Park for cars and vans is $10.00 cash only.



One adult for every ten students is required, even if students are 18 years of age or older. The Museum will cover the cost of admission for up to one adult for every five chaperones. Additional adults are welcome, but need to purchase a chaperone ticket beginning August 12, 2014. See cost above for more.


We appreciate the support! To ensure a great experience for all of our visitors, please:

  • Keep students within eyesight at all times, even if students are 18 years of age or older
  • Observe live animals using eyes-only, keep hands and feet off enclosures
  • Eat all food outside the school entrance and keep it away from wildlife
  • Walk and use quiet voices
  • Stay on paths and leave plants and animals in their place
  • Only touch objects when invited, and touch gently
  • Wear a Museum sticker (adults only) during the entire visit for re-entry
  • Lead students to reservations on time, they are only promised at your scheduled time.
  • For help or questions look for Museum staff!


Maps and Guides

Chaperone Guide - Print, fill out reservation times, and copy it for all the adults on your trip.

Exposition Park Map & Planning Guide - Print and fill it out for chaperones.

Lesson Plans and Activities

Lesson Plans and Activities - Curricula and activities that integrate classroom learning with a Museum visit.


Leave lunches on the bus, in the car, or securely zipped in backpacks. We cannot store lunch at the Museum. Food may also be purchased to-go from the NHM Grill. Schools and large groups cannot picnic in the Nature Gardens or cafe seating area due to space limitations and wildlife management.

On very rainy days, sheltered lunch space is provided, reserve a spot for this at check-in on the day of the visit.

Docents and Educators

Docents and Gallery Interpreters (staffed educators) are often in exhibits and at Curiosity Carts to answer questions and show students interesting artifacts.

We do not provide private tours to schools. Click here for information on Guided Programming.

Class Photos

Arrange photo opportunities through Magic Memories:
Phone: (562) 546-3780
Magic Memories Order Form


Pre-order souvenirs from the Museum Store:
Phone: (213) 749-3079
School Museum Store Order Form


Pre-order lunch from the NHM Grill
Phone: (213) 763-3250


We do not offer Bus Scholarships at this time. We recommend the Metro Student Field Trip program as a way to get your class to the Museum!


We do not have a lending service at this time.


Visit Bring the Museum to You to learn more about our Mobile Museums, or look through their Mobile Museum FAQ.