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Field Trip Add-Ons

Looking to make the most of your field trip? Check out our Field Trip Add-Ons—including guided programs, performances, and special exhibits—to request these additional reservations for your students' visit!

Guided Programs

Guided Programs are engaging, hands-on lessons only available to school groups designed for your students’ grade level and led by museum educators. Indoor and outdoor program options are available for each age group.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday mornings, Oct-Jan. Guided Program reservations are subject to group size and arrival time. 

Windows Into Nature

tour of african mammal hall diorama school group gallery interpreter

Grades Pre-K-1 (30 minutes, indoors)
Learn about the lives of animals through an interactive story, then venture into our classic diorama halls to visit characters from the story and discover more! Located in Diorama Halls.

Growing Home

Students learn about habitats and making homes for insects in the Guided Program, "Growing Home," in the Nature Gardens.

Grades Pre-K-1 (30 minutes, outdoors)
Explore the Nature Gardens and look for critters, then build habitats out of natural materials and talk about what we all need to survive. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.

Fossil Detectives

mammoth skeleton in age of mammals

Grades 2-5 (30–45 minutes, indoors)
Investigate the lives of ancient animals by looking at the clues they left behind—their fossils! Like a paleontologist, discover fossil specimens in our exhibits, discuss observations, and record ideas to take back to the classroom. Located in Dinosaur Hall or Age of Mammals.

Pond Life

Students collect specimens in the Nature Garden to determine the health of our pond in the Guided Program, "Pond Life."

Grades 2-5 (45 minutes, outdoors)
Discover the diversity of pond life! Practice collection skills and closely observe what we find to identify and document the unique wildlife that lives here in Los Angeles. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.

Becoming Los Angeles

kids in becoming los angeles model of city

Grades 3 & 4 (45 minutes, indoors)
Discover the storytelling power of objects! During this program, we explore how objects in the Becoming Los Angeles exhibition tell the stories of the many people who have shaped our city. Students observe artifacts from the first Angelenos, discuss communities represented in a beautiful ofrenda, and consider their own impact on LA’s story, which is still being told today!

Urban Carnivores

Girl looks at coyote display

Grades 6-12 (45–60 minutes, indoors)
Discover the carnivores that share our city! Learn about a local mammal and work together to craft a solution to the real-world challenges it is facing today. Located in our exhibitions.

Backyard Biodiversity

Students net and vial insects found in our Nature Gardens in the Guided Program, "Backyard Biodiversity."

Grades 6-12 (45–50 minutes, outdoors)
Experience the biodiversity of Los Angeles! Survey for insects then identify and record collected specimens to reveal the diversity that surrounds us. Located in the Nature Gardens; weather-dependent.


Fun, educational, and interactive, our Dinosaur Encounters shows feature NHM's life-size dinosaur puppets. Each presenter focuses on a different topic, including theories on dinosaur behavior, extinction, adaptation, and the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Learn more about our Live Theater programs here!

dinosaur encounters

Students watch our Dinosaur Encounters show, with our life-sized juvenile Triceratops.

Grades 1-5 (15–20 minutes)
Watch dinosaurs come to life! Go back in time and learn about the lives of dinosaurs with realistic T. rex and Triceratops puppets in live performances. Located in the Level 2 North American Mammal Hall.

Free reservations available Thursdays between September and June.

Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions offered below are self-guided opportunities to explore reservation-only spaces in the museum. These popular exhibits have space limitations and require this additional reservation. While you and your group would be exploring the exhibit on your own, we have free downloadable lesson plans to help you prepare an itinerary for your time in the exhibits.

Exhibit dates vary; please view descriptions for details.


kids looking at exhibit in antarctic dinosaurs

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes; self-guided)
In this exhibit, learn about the latest paleontologist discoveries in Antarctica—one of the most isolated and dangerous environments on Earth. Antarctic Dinosaurs will immerse students in the thrilling hunt for never-before-seen fossils and shed new light on our planet’s ever-changing climate and geology.  

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; April 3, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

Butterfly Pavilion

Little girl and adult using a guide and looking at a butterfly on the ground
There's a lot to see up high and down low.

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Observe free-flying butterflies and watch as they lay eggs, hatch into caterpillars, and form chrysalises throughout our Pavilion garden. Please note access to this outdoor exhibit is weather-dependent.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; March 18, 2019–August 14, 2019.

Spider Pavilion

GI with child looking at spider in spider pavilion

Grades Pre K-12 (30 minutes, self-guided)
Discover the secret beauty of spiders as they freely spin webs, lay eggs, and eat in our Pavilion garden! Please note access to this outdoor exhibit is weather-dependent.

Free reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-1:30 pm; September 23–November 29, 2019.

Special Offering: 3D Theater

kids and adults in 3D theater with 3D glasses

Grades Pre K-12 (every 30 minutes)

Exclusive offer for school groups! Book your discounted school tickets for our new 3D Theater, on view during your school’s field trip. Tickets for school groups are $4 per person and payment will be collected on the day of your visit. We are not able to accept checks; please plan accordingly. Need to pay in advance? Contact our Call Center at or 213.763.3529. Check out our current 3D movie offerings ; please note that film choices are subject to availability.

Paid reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-12:30 pm

Permanent Exhibitions

kids interacting with exhibits in nature lab

Looking for other spaces to explore inside (and outside!) the Museum? Learn more about our permanent exhibitions and see all that your students can discover on their field trip - no additional reservations for school groups required!