Free Onsite General Admission to LAUSD Students and Chaperones During LAUSD Strike, and Furloughed Federal Employees During Shutdown

In response to the uncertainty around the LAUSD strike and federal shutdown, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC) will offer free onsite general admission to all LAUSD students and chaperones, as well as furloughed federal employees (with ID) and a guest.

LAUSD Students and Chaperones

LAUSD students and chaperones will have access to grade appropriate self-guided activities and lesson plans for pick-up onsite at the Natural History Museum (NHM) in Exposition Park and La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire/Hancock Park, as well as the below program if the strike continues.

Tuesday, February 12 | Gems and Minerals, Unearthed!
Natural History Museum

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. 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.”

Furloughed Federal Employees

Furloughed federal employees (with ID) and a guest will receive free general admission Monday through Friday during the month of January.

At NHM, visitors will come face-to-face with a life-size LEGO build of the velociraptor “Blue” from Jurassic World, discover the shimmering science behind jewelry designed by renowned artist Paula Crevoshay, see an original costume from 1924’s Peter Pan, and watch a 3D film (ticket purchase required). For more information, visit

At La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, visitors can explore the new Mammoth and Mastodons exhibition, which features life-sized models of Ice Age giants (which used to stomp the area that became Los Angeles) and over 20 hands-on interactives. For more information, visit


We offer free Museum admission daily to:

  • CA EBT cardholders with I.D.
  • CA teachers with I.D.
  • Active or retired military with I.D.
  • Children 2 and under

*Free Museum admission does not include specialty ticketed items.