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Request a Mobile Museum Visit

All Mobiles are completely booked for Fall 2014.

We will be accepting Winter and Spring 2015 requests for the Earthmobile and Seamobile beginning on October 15, 2014.

Request the Earthmobile.

Additional questions? E-mail or call (213) 763-3271


Bring the Museum to You


Program Overview

  • 90 minute program for students in grade 6, 7, and 8
  • Students act as marine scientists and take a simulated dive beneath the San Pedro Channel off the coast of Southern California to discover the biodiversity of our local coast
  • Learning activities faciliated by two NHM instructors take place on the Seamobile and under a pop-up canopy set up beside the mobile
  • Teams of students are assigned to five research stations and engaged in inquiry-based and computer-based activities in which each group collects and analyzes data from a different habitat: Kelp Forest, Continental Slope, Rocky Bottom, Sandy Bottom, and Continental Shelf. 
  • Students participate in the scientific process, and explore the role of museums and museum scientists in collecting and curating specimens locally and globally


Connections to California State Content Standards

Grade 6 Standards (PDF)

Grade 7 Standards (PDF)

Grade 8 Standards (PDF


Connections to Ocean Literacy Principals

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.

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Program Objectives

  • Capture and cultivate student interest in science, specifically marine biology and museum science
  • Introduce students to the diversity of organisms that live in our local ocean ecosystem.
  • Help students understand the interrelationships between marine species within a habitat and build appreciation for biodiversity locally and globally
  • Sharpen student inquiry skills key to the scientific process, especially observation and collecting, recording, and anaylzing data.


Curricular Materials

Seamobile Teacher Guide (PDF)