School Group Registration

Reservations are required for all group visits and programs. Follow the steps below to book your visit or program.

Step 1 Find the program you are interested in. 

Review the option for your grade level in the tables below or in our Education Programs Guide. Self-guided visits are available for school groups looking to explore the museum on thier own.

Step 2 Make a reservation request.

Please call 619.255.0349 to make your reservation or complete the online reservation request form.

Make a Reservation Request

Please have the following information ready when making reservations:  

  • Your calendar and schedule
  • Specific name of program desired
  • Date, time, and alternate dates
  • School or organization phone number
  • School or organization mailing address
  • Street address, if different from above
  • Grade level of students
  • Number of students and adults (A minimum of 10 students from one school is required for a group reservation)

Step 3 Confirm the details of your visit with our museum staff.

Our museum staff will contact you to finalize booking your visit or program. After you recieve confirmation of your booking you can prepare for your museum visit by reading about our current exhibitions and exploring the Museum map.

Contact Information and Policies

Contact Information

Office hours: Weekdays from 9 AM-4PM
Phone: 619.255.0349 Messages may be left on voicemail anytime.
Fax: 619.235.9446
Email: groupsales@sdnhm.org 

Chaperones 

For self-guided visits and Museum programs, we require a 1:8 ratio of adults to students. Chaperones up to a 1:3 ratio will receive free General Admission and a steep discount on upcharge exhibitions. 

Payment

Payment in full is due one week prior to scheduled outreach programs and upcharge exhibitions. Payment is due upon arrival for general self-guided visits, classes held at the museum, and docent tours. 

Mileage fee: schools more than 25 miles from the Museum will be charged an additional 50 cents per mile for all programs held at your school site.

For credit cards payments call 619.255.0349.

Museum Access Funds

Available for qualified Title I schools to help support your field trip or outreach program. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349. 

Cancellations

If a cancellation is necessary, please call 619.255.0349. Cancellations are not official until a confirmation email has been received from our Education Department.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full program fee charged for cancellations made with less than one week notice.
  • A $25 cancellation fee will be charged for cancellations made with more than one week notice.
  • Refunds less than $20 will be applied to future registrations.

Museum Information

The San Diego Natural History Museum is located near the corner of Park Boulevard and Village Place in Balboa Park.  Student groups should enter at the North “Fig Tree” Entrance.