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Field Trips on the Metro!

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Check out the Metro! The Transit Education Team is now offering the Student Field Trip Program, which provides access to 20 approved destinations -- including the Natural History Museum!

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School Program FAQ

Who qualifies for a school field trip?

All California accredited schools bringing Pre K-12 grade students qualify for a FREE field trip to the Natural History Museum!  

If your group does not meet these requirements, you might want to take advantage of our Free Tuesdays or book through Group Visits.

If you are a homeschool, take a look at our FREE Homeschool Days


How much does a field trip cost?

Admission is free for all students and up to one adult for every five students. Additional adults beyond the 1:5 ratio must purchase a discounted $12 chaperone tickets on the day of the visit. We cannot guarantee admission for all adults to any add-on programs and exhibits. Exemptions may apply, call the Museum's Call Center at 213.763.3529 for more information.


Does my school group need a reservation?

Yes, making a reservation in advance ensures a spot on the day of your visit, gives you the opportunity to sign up for free guided programs or special exhibits, and expedites your check-in process. We ask that all schools fill out and submit an online reservation request form, found here.

Please submit your request at least three weeks before your first choice of visit date to allow us time to process it. We do our best to accommodate last-minute requests, but we cannot guarantee availability.


What if I’m an LAUSD school?

As of the 2018-2019 school year, all LAUSD schools can book field trips directly through our online booking form.

If you would like to bring the museum to your class during the the school year, learn more about NHMLA Mobile Museums.


How far in advance should I submit my request?

We recommend requesting a reservation early for the best selection of possible dates and programs. Registration opens August 15 for the upcoming school year.

If you are interested in Guided Programs (October - January), Dinosaur Encounters, Special Ticketed Exhibits (Seasonal), or a visit in the Spring, we recommend to submit your request as early as possible. These reservations fill up quickly!


I’m unable to book my preferred date. Why?

The date you have chosen may be at capacity or reserved for a special event. But don’t worry, the Museum's Call Center at 213.763.3529 can help you figure out the next best available date for your field trip.  


How many students can I bring on my field trip?

We require a minimum of 10 students for a field trip. We ask that groups bringing 6th-12th grade students limit their visit to 150 students per school per day. Exemptions may apply, call the Museum's Call Center at 213.763.3529 for more information.


How many adult chaperones should I bring?

We require a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten students and a maximum of one to five. Due to capacity limitations for certain programs and special exhibits, all of your adults may not be able to participate if you exceed the recommended 1:5 ratio.


Can my school visit on the weekend?

Yes, we do reserve a limited number of spaces for school groups who can only visit on the weekends. Note that all weekend field trips to the Natural History Museum are self-guided. 


What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule my field trip?

To cancel a visit, please contact the Museum's Call Center at 213.763.3529. To reschedule, submit a new online request form here. Make sure to have your order number handy when canceling or rescheduling a field trip! 


Can we store lunches inside the Museum?

With over 35 million objects in the Museum's collection, we unfortunately do not have any storage facilities for school lunches! Lunches should be left on the bus, in the car, or securely zipped in backpacks. Food may be purchased to-go from the NHMLA Grill and eaten in designated areas around the Museum. 


Where can my school eat lunch?

The Museum provides a designated section for your school during lunchtime. Your school can eat outside of our South Entrance either on the South Steps or the South Lawn. These spaces can accommodate large school groups.

On very rainy days, we provide indoor lunch areas. We will not let your students eat outside in the rain! Reserve a spot for a lunch area in the Museum at check-in on the day of the visit.


Where do school buses park?

Buses park in Exposition Park Lot 6. Cost for bus parking is $12, cash only; charter buses may be charged more.  Cars or vans can park in the NHMLA Car Park with a rate of $12, cash or credit/debit cards, with overflow parking available at the California Science Center visitor parking structure for $12, cash only.

As an alternative mode of transportation, we recommend the Metro Student Field Trip program as a way to get your class to the Museum! A Metro Expo Line stop is directly across the street from the Museum. 


Will my school be assigned a Museum docent?

Research shows students learn better and retain more long-term interest when allowed to self-select their museum experiences. Your school will not be assigned a Museum docent during your self-guided field trip, but look for our knowledgeable Gallery Interpreters (full-time Museum educators) and floor volunteers in the Museum. This group of trained educators will be able to provide more information about the Museum's exhibits and provide a deeper understanding of the Museum's collection. They will be happy to answer all your questions! 


Are there educational resources available?

Yes! Please see our Lesson Plans and Activities web page for free, downloadable activities.


What kind of educational programs do you offer school groups?

We offer an array of educator-facilitated programs for every grade level, all based on state standards and 21st century skills. To learn more, click here


Does the Museum offer any lending kits?

The Museum has provided a lending service in the past. Unfortunately, we do not have a lending service at this time. Learn more about the Museum's Research and Collections departments and explore the online collection database here.

For LAUSD schools, check out NHMLA Mobile Museums to bring the Museum to your classroom.