Borrow an Artifact | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Borrow an Artifact


As of May 13, 2010, Members Loan is closed for the season.  Check back to this page in the fall to find our new hours.  Artifacts currently on loan should be returned to the Museum by June 15 any time between 10 am and 4:45 pm daily.

We have one of the world's most complete collections of natural and cultural history. As the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States and an active research center, NHM safeguards more than 35 million spectacular, diverse specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of history. Did you ever want to take home the jaw of a T. rex?

The Members Loan Service is designed to allow individuals who are either museum members or educators to borrow from the Museum. A large collection of museum-quality science specimens, historical objects and models, cultural artifacts and thematic Teaching Trunks can enliven your science discussions, augment your social studies curriculum, or be a subject of artistic expression. And several hundred of these artifacts can be taken home, or if you are a teacher, you can check out a Classroom Collection for an entire school year on over 15 subjects as diverse as California History, Egyptian Mysteries, or Dinosaurs.

Teaching Trunks (includes artifacts, video tapes, posters, children’s books, and an Educator’s Notebook with background information and classroom activities) provide a complete unit of study on a variety of science, social science, and cultural subjects. Meanwhile, artists borrow the many mounted birds and mammals because taxidermy is a perfect model for life drawing and painting. Many parents use the service to incite family learning at their homes, while their children use the collections to deliver vibrant oral reports.