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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 the 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 and themes for the 2016-17 school year are listed below. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get a yearly overview in September and reminders before each Homeschool Day!

Thursday, September 29 - The Wonderful World of Pterosaurs

While dinosaurs may have dominated the land during the Mesozoic, pterosaurs of all shapes and sizes ruled the skies. Come and discover how the process of paleontology continues to shape our understanding of the world of pterosaurs. At this Homeschool Day, take a closer look at some rare fossils, talk with our museum scientists and educators, and even meet a pterosaur or two at our Encounters show.

You can also catch a final glimpse of our travelling exhibition, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, before it flies off to its next destination. We’ll have a limited number of free first-come, first-served tickets to this special exhibition. 

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs was developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Wednesday, February 1 - The Art of Science

Our natural world is a source of endless artistic inspiration. The processes of trying to understand and document the world around us requires both art and science—two subjects that are deeply interconnected. Discover the art and science connections present in the diversity of NHMLA’s collections while you get creative and help us investigate and document our planet! 

Monday, April 24 - Plants and Pollinators

Plants and pollinators share a fascinating partnership! This Homeschool Day, come and meet your diverse and often overlooked pollinator neighbors and uncover their key to survival in urban Los Angeles. Investigate pollinators of all shapes and sizes in our Nature Gardens, talk with museum scientists about recent incredible discoveries and take a closer look at our unique collections.

Tuesday, June 13 - Extreme Mammals 

Come and explore the extraordinary and often surprising world of mammals! At this Homeschool Day, investigate mammals through time by discovering ancient fossils, unique specimens, and live animals. Be sure to talk with some of NHMLA’s mammal scientists and get better acquainted with your wonderfully diverse and extreme mammal relatives. 




Planning to attend?

Download our Homeschool Day Info Page for a map and an overview of how to check in and get access to Homeschool Day programming. Please note that as of January 1, 2016, parking prices in all lots will be raised to a $12 rate. Exposition Lot 3 accepts cash-only for cars or vans. The NHMLA Car Park accepts both cash or credit/debit cards. 

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 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.

How do I sign up for special exhibits or Guided Programming?

We offer access to special exhibits as well as Guided Programs 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?

Take a look at our Homeschool Day Info Page for parking information and general info about the day. Please note that as of January 1, 2016, parking prices in all lots will be raised to a $12 rate. Exposition Lot 3 accepts cash-only for cars or vans. The NHMLA Car Park accpets both cash and credit/debit cards. For more specifics about each day, including specifics on programs, sign 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 Museum!