Field Trip Add - Ons | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Guided program, performance, and exhibit reservations are all free, optional add-ons for your field trip! Check out the options below to help you decide how best to structure your day at NHM.

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Available October 1— January 31


Windows Into Nature | 30 minutes

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!

Growing Home | 45 minutes

Explore the Nature Gardens and look for critters, then build habitats out of natural materials and talk about what we all need to survive. Outdoors



Fossil Detectives | 45 minutes

Investigate the lives of ancient animals by looking at the clues they left behind — their fossils! Discuss observations and record ideas to take back to the classroom.

Pond Life | 45 minutes

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. Outdoors 


GRADES 6-12  

Urban Carnivores | 45 minutes

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.

Backyard Biodiversity | 45 minutes

Experience the biodiversity of Los Angeles! Survey for insects then identify and record collected specimens to reveal the diversity that surrounds us. Outdoors





Grades Pre K-12 | 30 minutes; self-guided*

Take a look at L.A.'s wild side! A companion to our Nature Gardens, the Nature Lab is a place to study who lives with us, where they came from, and why they might (or might not) be such great neighbors. Check out to learn more.

Reservations available Monday-Friday, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm year-round. Reservations not required on weekends.





Grades Pre K-12 | 30 minutes; self-guided*

Get ready to marvel at the bizarre, amazing, and extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals! This spring, NHMLA brings you our temporary exhibition, Extreme Mammals: Odd Features. Unusual Creatures. 

Reservations available Monday-Friday, 10 am-12 pm; May 15, 2017 to September 8, 2017. Already booked a field trip but want to add this exhibit? Contact our Call Center at 213.763.3529 to add this to your reservation. Please have your confirmation number ready. 

Extreme Mammals is organized by the American Natural History Museum, New York (, in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco; Cleveland Museum of Natural History; and the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada. 


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. 

Reservations available Monday — Friday, 10 am — 1:30 pm; March 20, 2017 — August 14, 2017. 


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.

Reservations available typically Monday — Friday, 10 am  1:30 pm. Keep an eye out for an update on our Fall 2017 dates!





Grades 1 — | 15 — 20 minutes; live performance

Watch dinosaurs come to life! Go back in time and learn about the lives of dinosaurs with realistic T. rex and Triceratops puppets. Learn more about Dinosaur Encounters here! 

Reservations available Thursdays at 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and 12 pm; year-round


*Why are most of our exhibits self-guided? Research shows students learn better and retain more long-term interest when allowed to self-select their museum experiences. If your students want more info on any exhibit, they can look for our full-time Gallery Interpreter staff stationed in most halls!