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Request a Mobile Museum Visit

All Mobiles are completely booked for Fall 2015.
We will be accepting Spring 2016 requests for the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience and the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience beginning on October 14, 2015.

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Additional questions?
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Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience

After a year-long hiatus the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is getting ready for its relaunch. During the months of January to June 2015, we will be conducting field trials of the new program. All programs are fully booked for Winter and Spring 2015. We begin accepting requests for Fall 2015 starting March 11, 2015.

Program Overview

  • The Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience program is a two-part 90 minute program for students in grades 6, 7, 8 that is facilitated by NHM educators. Dependent on school bell schedule, this program can be divided into two 45-minute periods.
  • Students act as marine scientists and take a simulated dive off the coast of Southern California to discover the biodiversity of our local coast as well as conduct research in a simulated classroom museum lab.

Program Details

Videos (pre-visit)

Watch the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience Introductions and the Meet the Scientists videos with your students prior the program's residency at your school. These videos will give students the mission they will have while onboard the submersible and will introduce students to the museum scientists that will help them achieve their mission. 


Submersible (50 ft Tractor Trailer)

This portion of the program is a simulation of a manned submersible dive to the bottom of the San Pedro Channel. Students will assume the role of scientists conducting exploratory research to help establish a baseline of this changing, urban ocean. Using NHM collections as well as outside resources, students will use comparative analysis to understand the roles of the organisms they observe.

Laboratory (school-provided classroom)

This portion of the program is a simulation of research conducted in the laboratory. Students will assume the roles of paleontologists studying the faunal history of the Los Angeles Basin through geologic time.  Students will begin by observing fossil specimens unearthed at specific locations in Southern California. Using NHM collections as well as outside resources students will use comparative analysis to infer what the ecosystem was like when these animals were living. Students will create a picture of the ocean habitat in which the specimen lived.

Connections to Next Generation Science Standards

Science and Engineering Practices

1. Asking questions and defining problems

2. Developing and using models

4. Analyzing and interpreting data

6. Constructing explanations

7. Engaging in argument from evidence

8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


Crosscutting Concepts

1. Patterns

6. Structure and Function

7. Stability and Change of Systems


Disciplinary Core Ideas

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

LS2.B: Cycle of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

LS4.C: Adaptation

ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth


Connections to Ocean Literacy Principles

5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

7. The ocean is largely unexplored