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Education Hits the Road!

Our Mobile Museum programs — the Earthmobile and Seamobile — are unique educational spaces situated in modified tractor-trailers that simulate scientific research environments.
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Mobile Museum FAQs

Scheduling

The online request form was just submitted. What do I need to do next?

Please send the Museum a copy of your school's bell schedule, campus map, and a list of participating teachers. These are to be sent within 72 hours after your request submission via e-mail to mobileoutreach@nhm.org. Then, please allow one month for your request to be processed.

Are there any fees for the Mobile Museum Programs?

There are no fees for the Mobile Museum programs. They are completely funded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

Who can participate in the Mobile Museum Open House?

Open Houses are for the entire school community: families, students, staff, and afterschool programs. An Open House is scheduled for one hour after school, usually on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the Mobile Museum visit.

Who makes the scheduling and/or bus arrangements for the Museum Visit component of the Mobile Museum Program?

If your Mobile Museum program includes a subsidized follow-up field trip to the Museum, an NHM staff person will be in touch with your school contact to schedule the dates and times of the visit. The Museum will make arrangements with a bus company approved by LAUSD Transportation Safety Center.

What is the Museum's policy on chaperones for the Museum Visit component? Can they also ride on the bus?

The School Visits Museum Policy for chaperones is one adult per five students. As per LAUSD Transportation there is a maximum of 65 passengers per bus. The Museum can make arrangements for personal vehicles, if there are additional parents that would like to chaperone but do not fit on the bus. Please have your school representative contact us by phone or e-mail with parking requests.

Truck Logistics

How big are the Mobile Museums?

The Mobile Museums are large full sized 65 ft. x 15 ft. semi-tractor trailers.

When will the Mobile Museum arrive at our school?

The Mobile Museum will arrive early Monday morning and pull off in the afternoon after the last class Friday (pending class schedule). Please note, if the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is scheduled for a two-week-long residency, then the Mobile Museum will be pulled off during the weekend and will arrive again the following Monday morning.

What type of parking do the Mobile Museums require?

The Mobile Museums must be positioned at a site that ensure easy access and maneuverability for the driver, as well as limited disturbance to students. We make every effort to park the trailer in your preferred spot.

Does the Mobile Museums require any electrical hook-up?

No, each Mobile Museum has a generator that is housed on board.

Are the Mobile Museums wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience and the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts.

Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience

What do teachers need to do in preparation for the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience visit?

As a teacher you can prepare for the visit by: attending the required Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience orientation, completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students, dividing your class in half, create five teams for each half (three students each), and prepare nametags and pencils for students. On the day of your scheduled visit wait in your classroom for NHM educators to arrive to do a short introduction to the program.

What grades can participate in the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience Program?

The Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience is designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Special needs students can be mainstreamed or the program can be modified for your students' specific needs.

How many classes can be scheduled for the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience Program?

During the week-long visit at your school, the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience can be made available for a total of up to ten classes serving 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.

How many students fit on the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience?

There can be up to 18 students on the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience at a time.

How long will the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience be at our school?

The Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience will remain at your school site for a maximum of one week, Monday through Friday.

We have scheduled the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience Program; do we need to supply anything?

The Archaeology Experience Program takes place on the Mobile Museum (field lab) and in a classroom (museum lab). We request that the school provides an unused classroom space for a week. This room should be set up with six tables and 20 chairs. It is helpful if there is a white board or chalkboard as well. All printed materials will be provided by the Museum.

Where will the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience take place? How long is the Archaeology Experience Program?

Two Museum educators will meet the teacher in his/her classroom at the scheduled time of the program. Following a brief introduction, one half of the class will go to the Mobile Museum with one of the museum instructors while the other half will go to the "museum lab" with the other museum instructor. The two groups will switch places after about 50 minutes. Overall, each class will spend two hours with the program.

Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience

What do teachers need to do in preparation for the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience visit?

As a teacher you can prepare for the visit by: attending the required Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience training at your school, completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students, dividing your class into groups of 20, create five teams per group (four students each), and prepare nametags and pencils for students. Please have students meet the Museum educators at the Mobile Museum and the designated Museum lab classroom.

What grades can participate in the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience?

The Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Special needs students can be mainstreamed or the program can be modified for your students' specific needs.

We have scheduled the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience; do we need to supply anything?

All  supplies will be provided by the Mobile Museum.

How many students can the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience accomodate?

The Lab and Field Componenents can hold no more than 20 students each for a total of 40 students per period.

How long is the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience?

The Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is divided into two 45-minute components: the Lab Component and the Field Component. The Field Component takes place on board the Mobile Museum and the Lab Component takes place in one classroom that we use during our residency. The program is typically spread over one to two days depending on your school schedule, regular vs. block schedule.

I have participated in the program in the past. Has it changed?

Yes, the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience has had more than just a makeover. Our program goals and objectives have changed dramatically to better engage students in the process of science. The Mobile Museum is still a simulated submersible, but the dive itself has a more defined focus. New to the program is the Lab Component.