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Reservations are required for all group visits and programs. Please call 619.255.0349  to make your reservation. For programs at the Museum, one adult chaperone per eight students is required and a one to five ratio is recommended. Required chaperones and carpool drivers (one to three ratio) are admitted free for general admission.

Please note the maximum class size for each program–this is to ensure the quality of your Museum experience. If you schedule multiple classes in one day at your school or community site, all classes must be held in the same room. 

Programs at your school site must be scheduled in the same room per school visit. A full Education Programs Guide is available here (PDF).

Office hours : Weekdays from 9 AM–4 PM
Phone : 619.255.0349 Messages may be left on voicemail anytime.
Fax : 619.235.9446
Email :

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)


A $25 nonrefundable deposit is required for all programs except for self-guided tours. Payment in full is due one week prior to scheduled program, with the exception of Self-Guided Visits and Docent tours; these fees may be paid at the door.

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.

Copies of purchase orders may be sent by fax to 619.235.9446. 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. 


If a cancellation is necessary, please call 619.255.0349. Cancellations are not official until you receive a confirmation by mail, fax, or email from the Education Department.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full program fee charged for cancellations made with less than one week notice.
  • Deposits are nonrefundable.
  • Homeschool programs are nonrefundable.
  • 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.
  • Student group admission for Self-Guided Visits is $6 and a minimum of ten students is required.
  • Student group admission does not include the 3D films. 3D film passes are $2 per person (students, required chaperones, and additional chaperones).

All Museum programs are aligned with California State Content Standards.