Visit NHM 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 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 2015-16 school year are listed below. Subscribe to our mailing list at the bottom of the page to get a yearly overview in August and reminders before each Homeschool Day!
Thursday, November 5 - Archaeology Adventures
Friday, January 29 - Gardens and Grubs
Monday, April 18 - Art and Nature
Thursday, June 16 - Fossil Fanatics
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.
Any student receiving academic instruction at home for grades PreK (2 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.
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. For more specifics about each day, including specifics on programs, sign up to receive our Homeschool Day e-mail list using the form below.
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 Museum!