For Teachers - Homeschool Days | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

On Homeschool Days, you can learn with our full-time education staff, gain free access to traveling exhibits, and explore our collections with Museum researchers!

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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 La Brea Tar Pits 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 2018-19 season are listed below. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get reminders before each Homeschool Day! 

Fall - Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Art of Science

Our natural world is a source of endless artistic inspiration. The process of trying to understand and investigate the world around us requires both art and science—two subjects that are deeply interconnected! This Homeschool Day, you’ll discover connections between art and science, explore the beauty and diversity of NHM’s collections, and tap into your creative side to help document our amazing planet. Get inspired with special access to our newest exhibit, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, showcasing 99 stunning images of nature photographed around the world.   

Winter - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Gems and Minerals, Unearthed!

Investigate the fascinating world of Mineral Sciences! Minerals, rocks, gems, ores, and even meteorites provide invaluable information, 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 world famous Gems and Minerals Hall, including our gem vault’s newest addition, “The Art of the Jewel.”

Spring - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Los Angeles' Past

Explore the fascinating history of the city you call home! Take a closer look at how people and wildlife have shaped Los Angeles into what it is today, from the creatures that roamed here millions of years ago, to the first Angelenos who expertly managed the landscape. Explore our renovated Becoming Los Angeles exhibit, get a glimpse of behind-the-scenes artifacts that help us understand our local history, and discover how you can be a part of L.A.’s history with our City Nature Challenge!

Summer - Thursday, June 13, 2019 Fossil Fanatics

The fossil record tells us about the environments and events from long ago and help us make decisions about the future. At the Natural History Museum, our Dinosaur Institute houses fossils that have been acquired over nearly a century - and our paleontologists are still making new discoveries every day! Learn what NHM paleontologists uncovered during recent exciting excavations through our newest temporary exhibit, Antarctic Dinosaurs, run into dinosaurs at our Encounters show, and talk with Museum educators about our extensive fossil collections. 



Who qualifies?

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 NHM 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.


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Did You Know?

Homeschool Days also happen at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum!