Sensory Friendly Field Trip Day

The first Monday of every month
teacher and student in nature gardens field trip


The first Monday of every month

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Natural History Museum
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Please note: Sensory Friendly Field Trip Day will take place the first Monday of every month except for January

Book your field trip for one of our Sensory Friendly Field Trip Days, a lower capacity school visitor day on the first Monday of every month!

On Sensory Friendly Field Trip Days*, school visitors can enjoy:

  • Lower overall capacity in the museum (limited to a maximum of 500 school visitors)
  • Access to a “Relaxation Zone” in the 2nd Floor North American Mammal Hall 
    • Self-regulated space to cool down with bean bags and carpets (no reservations required)
    • Lower lighting and generally less guests
  • Limited number of free Student Sensory Kits available for 4-hour checkout, specifically for school visitors (first come, first served), which includes:
    • Noise canceling headphones
    • Stress ball
    • Museum sensory guide
    • Mini pop-it fidget toy
    • Sunglasses
  • Free disposable ear plugs
  • Adjusted lighting and sound in some exhibition spaces
    • Lighting adjusted in the 1st Floor North American Mammal Hall and African Mammal Hall and in the 2nd Floor North American Mammal Hall 
    • Interactive sound turned off in the Dinosaur Hall, Rotunda, P-22 (except for mountain lion vocalization audio), Otis Booth Pavilion, Bird Hall, and Discovery Center
    • The following exhibitions have not been adjusted from their usual lighting or sound (review the Museum Sensory Guide for information on what to expect): Becoming Los Angeles, Gem & Mineral Hall, Nature Lab, Los Angeles Underwater, and the Visible Vault

In addition to these day-of resources, educators can prepare their students in advance of the field trip using the following materials:

*While these days are intended to specifically support those with sensory sensitivities, the museum remains open to all school visitors, in addition to the general public. We cannot guarantee that every space in the museum will be sensory friendly, but hope the adjustments highlighted above can help create a more supportive environment for learning. 

In order to ensure equity in access to our Sensory Kits, we cannot reserve kits for groups in advance. You can request a kit from staff at the East Entrance when checking in your group! 

Interested in building your own Sensory Kit to bring with you? Resources to build your own kit can be found here.