Our museums will be closed until further notice to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our first priority is the well-being and safety of our guests, staff and volunteers. Stay up to date with NHMLAC's response to COVID-19.​​​ Nuestros museos estarán cerrados hasta nuevo aviso para minimizar la propagación del COVID-19. Ve la respuesta de NHMLAC ante el coronavirus (COVID-19).

NHM Field Trip Booking Form

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As a precautionary measure, we are postponing school and teacher programs at the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits from Monday, March 16 - Friday, April 10, 2020.


We aim to always be a resource for you, your students, and your school community. 
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Questions? Contact us at info@nhm.org or 213.763.3466.


The Natural History Museum provides self-guided field trips to California Pre K-12 public or private school groups at no cost! Field trip reservations apply to groups of 10 or more students who attend an onsite, accredited academic institution at least three days a week.


Please complete this request form at least 1 week in advance of your visit. After completing this form, you will receive an email with receipt of your booking request. Please understand that submitting a field trip request is not confirmation of your reservation. Allow up to two weeks for us to process your request, book your group, and send your confirmation email. We appreciate your patience as we process your request.

For more information about field trip reservations or questions about your visit, call 213.763.3529 or email info@nhm.org.

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Before we can book your request, we need to verify a few pieces of information regarding your group
Is your organization/club located on a school campus?
Does your organization serve multiple school campuses?
Is this group led by a school employee or administrator?

Based on the information you provided, it looks like your group does not qualify for a free school field trip to the Natural History Museum. Click here to schedule your visit through our Group Sales Department and get a 15% group discount on Museum admission.


Are you a Homeschool student or parent? Learn more about our free Homeschool Days at the Natural History Museum and the La Brea Tar Pits!


Why don’t I qualify? The Natural History Museum provides free field trips to Pre K - 12th grade groups from California accredited public schools, private schools, head start programs, child development centers, and non-profit organizations that provide academic instruction to students on a school site at least three days a week. Questions? Contact the Call Center at 213.763.3529 or info@nhm.org.


Does this school belong to one of the districts listed below?
- ABC Unified School District
- Paramount Unified School District 
- El Monte City School District 
- Garvey School District 
- Sulphur Springs School District 
Are you using a bus from your district?
If the bus is funded by another party but is a part of the distric fleet, choose yes.

Contact your district representative listed below to arrange a visit to NHM

Covina Valley Unified School District 
(626) 974-7600

Montebello Unified School District 
(323) 887-7900 x2356

Paramount Unified School District 
(562) 602-6035

ABC Unified School District 
(562) 809-1079

El Monte City School District 
(626) 453-3729

Alhambra Unified School District 
(626) 943-3590

Garvey School District 
(626) 307-3404

Sulpher Springs School District 
(661) 252-3822


Can we send you email updates about whats happening at the Natural History Museum?

Will you be the onsite point of contact on the date of this field trip?

We will need an onsite contact

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The Natural History Museum provides free admission for all students and teachers and up to one additional chaperone for every five students.
A minimum of 10 students is necessary to qualify for a school visit.

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We require a minimum of one chaperone for every ten students, and cover up to one additional chaperone for every five students. Chaperones beyond the 1:5 ratio are still welcome, however, they will need to purchase a discounted $12.00 chaperone ticket upon arrival. Exceptions apply to Title I schools
Teachers include school administrative staff, teaching assistants, and one-to-one aides. Teachers will not be counted towards the 1:5 chaperone to student ratio and receive free admission.


Bus parking is available in for $12 (cash only) in Expo Park Lot 6. Additional charges may be required for charter buses. Personal vehicle parking is available for $12 in the NHM Car Park.

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The Museum is open daily from 9:30 am–5:00 pm. We always do our best to accommodate your preferred visit date. Be sure to check your school calendar to avoid any conflicts with holidays or in-service days. Scheduling multiple visits? Please submit separate request forms for each visit.

Hello, you chose a date past our closing date for the year or in which the museum is closed. Please choose another date. 
Some exhibitions and programs have limited availability. Would you like us to book your second or third choice date if requested programs or exhibitions are not available on your first choice date?


Turn your field trip into an adventure! Guided Programs, Performances, and Special Exhibitions are free, optional additions for your trip and offer your students the unique opportunity to learn from our Museum educators. Add-on reservations are subject to availability and all outdoor programs/exhibitions are weather-dependent. We recommend you view all Field Trip Add-On offerings on our website prior to booking as dates for programming and exhibitions vary.


The Field Trip Add-Ons highlighted below are available for the first choice date you selected. Not seeing your desired program or exhibition highlighted? Refer to descriptions below to see program dates or check when programs/exhibitions are available for school groups on our website.

We recommend you view all Field Trip Add-On offerings on our website prior to booking as dates for programming and exhibits vary.

Guided Programs

Grades Pre K - 1 | 30 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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.

Grades 2 - 5 | 30-45 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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.

Grades 6 - 12 | 45-60 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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 Exhibit Halls.

Grades Pre K - 1 | 30 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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.

Grades 2 - 5 | 45 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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.

Grades 6 - 12 | 45-50 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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.

Grades 3 - 4 | 45 minutes | Oct 1, 2019 - Jan 31, 2020

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 ongoing story, which is still being told today!


Grades 1 - 5 | 15-20 minutes | Year-round, Thursdays only

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.


Grades Pre K - 12 | 30 minutes | M-F | Mar 16 - Jun 12, 2020
Grades Pre K - 12 | 30 minutes | M-W | Jun 15 - Sep 2, 2020

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.

Grades Pre K - 12 | 30 minutes | Sep 23 - Nov 29, 2020

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.

Grades Pre K - 12 | 30 minutes | Aug 15, 2019 - Jan 3, 2020

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.

Special Offering: 3D Theater
Grades Pre K-12 | 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. Need to pay in advance? Contact our Call Center at info@nhm.org or 213.763.3529. 3D theater reservations are subject to change.

Travel beneath the surface in this 3D oceanic adventure, narrated by Kate Winslet. Explore a vast uncharted world of vibrant coral cities, enchanted underwater forests, and deep waters.

While T. Rex was king of the carnivores, another remarkable family of gargantuan dinosaurs roamed the southern hemisphere. A giant among giants, the last and biggest of the long neck sauropods, the Titanosaurs.

Will you be visiting with students who will need additional accommodations?

Please review the information above that will be used to schedule your field trip to the Natural History Museum and make any necessary changes in the form.

Please note: this form is a request only. Always check your confirmation for finalized field trip details.