California accredited schools bringing Pre K–12 grade students qualify for a FREE field trip to the Natural History Museum!
Field trip reservations apply to groups of 10 or more students who attend an onsite, accredited academic institution at least three days a week, exceptions may apply. We also offer free admission to L.A. County residents after school Monday–Friday from 3 pm to 5 pm (except Tuesdays when the Museum is closed). Unsure if you qualify? Contact us at email@example.com or 213.763.3529.
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County no longer requires masks worn at all times indoors and in our outdoor Butterfly Pavilion, regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, vaccine verification will no longer be required upon entrance to the Museum. In accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we still strongly recommend all visitors to continue wearing masks while indoors and ask that individual choices are respected.
Admission is free for all students, teachers (including school administrative staff, teaching assistants, and one-to-one aides) and chaperones*. We require a minimum of one adult for every ten students.
*We prioritize student admission into all add-on programs, performances, Butterfly or Spider Pavilions, or exhibitions. Chaperones may not be included due to add-on capacity or availability.
Yes! Making a reservation in advance ensures a spot on the day of your visit, gives you the opportunity to sign up for free add-on reservations, and expedites your check-in process. We ask that all schools fill out and submit an online reservation request form at least two weeks in advance of your visit. Please allow us time to process your request; we do our best to accommodate last-minute requests, but we cannot guarantee availability. If you are trying to schedule multiple visits, each trip will require a separate online request form. We will provide free general admission to any school visitors that are walk-ins.
We request that groups submit at least two weeks in advance of their first–choice date. If you are interested in Special Exhibits, we recommend submitting your field trip request form as early as possible for the best selection of available dates and programs. These free reservations are extremely popular and fill up quickly! Sign up for our mailing list to get notified when registration opens for the school year!
As of the 2018–2019 school year, all LAUSD schools can book field trips directly through our online booking form. Want to bring the Museum to you? Learn more about our Mobile Museums.
The date you have chosen may be at capacity or reserved for a special event. But don’t worry! The Museum's Call Center can help you figure out the next best available date for your field trip. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213.763.3529 to connect with our Call Center staff.
Yes, we do reserve a limited number of spaces for school groups who can only visit on the weekends. Please note that all weekend field trips to the Natural History Museum are self-guided and we do not offer add–on reservations for weekend visits.
We require a minimum of 10 students for a field trip. Exceptions may apply, so contact our Call Center at email@example.com or 213.763.3529 for more information.
We require a minimum of one adult chaperone for every ten students. We ask that the number of chaperones does not exceed the number of students in your group. To prioritize student accessibility to special experiences, chaperones may not be included in add-on reservations and may need to purchase tickets for Field Trip Add-Ons (i.e. Butterfly or Spider Pavilion). Check your confirmation to see if your group is booked for any add-ons.
We offer an array of educational programs at the Natural History Museum for every grade level and based on state standards. Learn more about our Guided Programs here. Can't get to the Museum? You can book a virtual program for your class! To book a virtual school program, visit here. You can also find asynchronous learning resources such as lesson plans, videos, activities, and more on our Learning Resources page.
Research shows students learn better and retain more long-term interest when allowed to self-select their museum experiences. Your school will not be assigned a Museum docent during your self-guided field trip, but look for our knowledgeable Museum Educators in the Museum. This group of trained educators will be able to provide more information about the Museum's exhibits and a deeper understanding of the Museum's collection. They will be happy to answer all your questions!
Yes! Please see our Learning Resources for free downloadable activities to utilize on-site during your field trip, as well as suggested pre- and post-visit lesson plans to round out your museum experience. Check out our Before Your Field Trip page for additional pre-field trip info!
We are so excited that you are bringing your students to the Museum for a field trip! With over 35 million objects in our collections, we understand that visiting the Museum with a class can be overwhelming. To make the most of your first field trip, we recommend you:
Visit the museum on your own first (without your class)! The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County offer free admission to teachers every day with school ID.
Dive deeper into our Research & Collections by attending one of our free Educator Workshops.
School groups have designated outdoor lunch areas on the South Lawn or in the Rose Garden (See Field Trip Guide). Due to the volume of school visitors, the restaurant at NHM, Cafe Patio, and Nature Gardens cannot accommodate school lunches.
On very rainy days, we provide indoor lunch areas. We will not let your students eat outside in the rain! Reserve a spot for a lunch area in the Museum at check-in on the day of the visit.
We unfortunately do not have any storage facilities for school lunches! Lunches should be left on the bus, in the car, or securely zipped in backpacks. Food may be purchased to-go from the NHM Grill and eaten in designated areas around the museum, either on the South Lawn or Rose Garden. Thank you for keep our collections safe!
You and your group are welcome to purchase lunches to-go from the Neighborhood Grill or pre-order lunches can be pre-ordered using our school menu 7 days prior to your visit. Click here for more details on how to pre-order for your group. As a reminder, we ask that school groups eat in designated outdoor lunch areas (indicated on our museum map).
Schools scheduling field trips to the museums are required to arrange for their own transportation. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer bus scholarships at this time. As an alternative mode of transportation, we recommend using the Metro Fareless System Initiative program as a way to get free public transportation for your students to visit the museum, check participating schools here. Two Metro Expo Line stops are located directly across the street from the museum.
Bus parking is available in the Green Lot off of Hoover Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. LAUSD buses pay $15 per bus, charter buses and all other buses pay $33 per bus. Personal vehicle parking is available for $15 per car in the NHM Car Park on Bill Robertson Lane, with overflow parking available at the Blue Lot (located next to the California Science Center) for $15. Please see our Filed Trip Guide for more information.
To cancel a visit, please contact the Museum's Call Center at 213.763.3529 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To reschedule, submit a new online request form. Make sure to have your original order number handy when canceling or rescheduling a field trip!
Note that all existing reservations will be released when your new request is submitted. We do our best to preserve your original schedule, but we cannot guarantee that everything you had scheduled on your first date will be available on your new date. Your new request will be added to the general queue and processed in the order in which it was received. You will receive your updated confirmation within two weeks of submitting your new request.
The Museum has provided a lending service in the past. Unfortunately, we do not have a lending service at this time. Learn more about the museum's Research and Collections departments and explore the online collection database. For LAUSD schools, check out our Mobile Museums to bring the museum to your classroom.