Visit NHMLA on a day just for you!
The Natural History Museum is proud to offer four days each school year when Homeschoolers can come free of charge! Each Homeschool Day has an assigned theme with free drop-in activities designed to help you and your students get the most out of our exhibits.
We collaborate with our sister museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum for a total of eight Homeschool Days each year, so check out their website for more information. We hope to see you at all eight!
Homeschool Day dates for the 2017-18 season are listed below. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get reminders before each Homeschool Day! All topics will be posted soon.
Tuesday, October 17 - Amazing Arthropods
Come discover the amazing world of invertebrates, specifically arthropods! As the most numerous group of animals on the planet, arthropods are incredibly diverse but all share some important features. At this Homeschool Day, take a closer look at what they all have in common, and see how these incredible creatures play a role in our everyday lives. Explore our Nature Gardens, talk with Museum scientists, and investigate our unique collections to uncover some truly amazing arthropods.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - Gems and Minerals Unearthed
Investigate the fascinating world of Mineral Sciences! Minerals, rocks, gems, ores and even meteorites inform everything from how we view the past to technologies of the future. For this Homeschool Day, look closer at our world-class collections, talk with museum scientists, and learn more about the over 2,000 specimens in our Gem and Minerals Hall!
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - LA's Wild Side
Nature is all around you! This Homeschool Day, learn about the remarkable and often overlooked urban wildlife right here in L.A.'s backyard. Try your hand at identifying the animals we call neighbors and take home some tips for capturing images of wildlife on camera. Get outside with us and explore our Nature Gardens to encounter L.A.'s wild side.
Thursday, June 14, 2018 - Fossil Fanatics
The fossil record tells us about environments and events from long ago and help us make decisions about the future. Imagine what the lives of extinct animals were like, run into dinosaurs at our Encounters show, and talk with Museum educators about our extensive fossil collection.
Any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (3 years old) through Grade 12 and his/her educators qualify for free admission on Homeschool Days. Proof of homeschooling is not required.
Do I need to pre-register?
Nope! Just come on one of the days listed above and check in with an NHMLA representative at the admissions desk. Be sure to let us know you are here for Homeschool Day to receive free admission.
How much does it cost?
General Admission to the Museum is free the whole day, and we occasionally offer limited free tickets to special exhibits such as the Spider and Butterfly Pavilion on top of free activities and other programming. However, please note that there is a fee for parking.
Where do I park?
Parking is available for $12 in the NHMLA Car Park on Bill Robertson Lane off of Exposition Blvd. If the Car Park is full, you will be directed to the California Science Center visitor parking structure which is also $12 (cash only), for larger vehicles such as Charter buses, parking is available for $30 (cash only).
How do I sign up for special exhibits?
We offer access to special exhibits in the mornings on Homeschool Days. While we do our best to make activities available for all participants, tickets are sometimes necessary to help ensure the best possible experience. To pick up these tickets, check in with a School Programs representative at the Welcome Table in the Grand Foyer when you arrive. Any tickets will be free and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
What if I can't make it to a Homeschool Day?
Everyone receives free General Admission on Free Tuesdays! However, on Free Tuesdays we do not offer free admission to special exhibits or morning programming associated with Homeschool Days.
If you belong to a Homeschool network or association, you may also want to get a group together and book through our Group Sales department for a discounted rate.
Are there resources I can use during my visit?
For more specifics about each day, including specifics on programs, we recommend signing up to receive our Homeschool Day e-mail list using the form below or call our Call Center at 213.763.3529 to answer any questions regarding Homeschool Day events.
You may also want to check out our free, downloadable Lesson Plans and Activities to see if there is anything that might integrate well with learning you are doing at home.
Homeschool Days also happen at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum!
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