Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Mobile Museums

mobile museum bus in Los Angeles

Mobile Museums are unique educational spaces within customized tractor-trailers. They simulate scientific research environments.

These programs are free to schools thanks to the generosity of the Max H. Gluck Foundation. Currently, the districts eligible for the Mobile Museums are Los Angeles Unified, Long Beach Unified, and Paramount Unified. 

Learn more about our Mobile Museums below! For additional information, please contact us at 213.763.3271 or mobilemuseums@nhm.org.

Requesting a Mobile Museum for Your School

Registration for Fall 2020 is now open. 

Registration process

To complete the registration, you will need to upload the following documents in a PDF, DOC, JPG, or PNG format. Please have these documents ready for upload: 

  • School / Staff Roster
  • Campus Map with indicated emergency assembly area
  • Bell Schedule

Due to the popularity of this program, it may take 4-6 weeks to process your request. We typically receive more requests than our capacity. If you are not selected, we encourage you to re-apply the following semester. It is not uncommon for a school to apply several times before we can serve them with our program. Currently, the districts eligible for the Mobile Museums are Los Angeles Unified, Long Beach Unified, and Paramount Unified.

Please note that there is a two-year wait period between visits to each school.

Professional Development for Teachers

Teachers of classes participating in Mobile Museum programs are required to attend an in-service training before the Mobile Museum visit. This orientation is intended to provide teachers with tools to prepare students for the program, and  to review program logistics. Participating teachers receive supplemental resources, including pre- and post-visit lessons. These 60-minute sessions are usually held at the school on Tuesday afternoons.

Mobile Museum FAQs