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
Uncover stories of men, women, and children from other cultures and times during our Archaeology Adventures day! Explore the Mobile Museum, An Archaeology Experience, during a two-hour open house and check out artifacts and tools at our Exploration Station with Museum researchers. Then, visit our newest traveling exhibition, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, to see how modern science is helping us learn about ancient peoples while still carefully preserving their remains.
You can also visit our newest traveling exhibition, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, to see how modern science is helping us learn about ancient peoples while still carefully preserving their remains. We'll have a limited number of free tickets to this new exhibition which will be available first-come, first-served on Homeschool Day. If you would like to guarantee entry by purchasing a ticket in advance, contact our call center at 213.763.3499.
Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.
Friday, January 29 - Gardens and Grubs
Take part in the Los Angeles under your feet! Learn about the drought-tolerant and native plant species in our gardens that help support a diversity of insects; then, explore what makes insects so important to L.A. We'll get you resources to help plant your own gardens and do hands-on activities that dig deeper.
Monday, April 18 - Art and Nature
Get inspired by nature! Creative thinking and artistic skills are important for all kinds of subjects. At this Homeschool Day, you can journal in the Nature Gardens with our Museum educators, look for art in everyday places, and even try out some nature-inspired writing activities.
Thursday, June 16 - Fossil Fanatics
The fossil record tells us about environments and events from long ago and helps us make decisions about the future. Discover what extinct animals were like when they were alive, run into dinosaurs at our Encounters show, and talk with Museum educators about our extensive fossil collection.
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 (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.
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 will be raised to a $12 rate, cash only for cars or vans parking in Exposition Park Lot 3. The NHM Car Park will maintain the rate of $10, cash or credit/debit cards accepted. 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!