At the Museum

The Museum offers instructor-led and education docent-led science workshops on a variety of topics, gallery investigations led by museum docents, behind-the-scenes tours and self-guided visits.

Science Workshops

Days: Weekdays  
Fee: $8/student; $10/chaperone
Times: 10 AM–11:30 AM and noon–1:30 PM. Some flexible scheduling available.  
Group size: 10 students minimum; 25 students maximum per session

Habitat Journey (Grades K-4)
Native Land, Native People (formerly Autumn Harvest)
 (Grades K—4)
Cetacean Sensation  (Grades K—3)
Amazing Arthropods  (Grades K—3)


Gallery Investigations

Days: Weekdays
Fee: $7 per students; $9 per chaperone
Times: 10 AM and 11 AM
Group size: 10 students minimum; 32 students maximum per session

Habitats of San Diego  (Grades 2—6)
Explore Fossil Mysteries  (Grades 3—12)
Water   (Grades 2—6)



Days: by request 
Fee: $9/student; $11/chaperone
Times: 10 AM
Door to the Desert (Grades 2-5) Group Size: 10 students minimum; 25 students maximum per session


The Science of Collections-based Research (Grade 9-12) Group Size: 10 students minimum; 45 students maximum per session

Why do natural history museums collect so much stuff? Learn how we organize, preserve, and use collections to further our knowledge about the ecology and evolution of life on this planet. Students will receive a brief introduction to collections-based research from a Museum curator before dividing into groups for a behind-the-scenes guided tour of different research collections. The experience concludes with students regrouping for a facilitated discussion on the different collections visited.


Self-guided Visit

Available all year Conduct your own self-guided visit and enjoy the Museum's exhibitions and films in the giant-screen theater . Find more information regarding visits to Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed here. Curriculum materials are available for most exhibitions. Teachers may arrange to preview exhibitions by calling 619.255.0349.

Days: Daily from 9:30 AM–4:30 PM Fee: $6/student; $8/chaperone
Group size: 10 students minimum
(Note: 3D films are additional.)