Museums for All

The Nat is proud to participate in Museums for All. Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) card, or Women, Infants & Children (WIC) card and photo ID at the Admissions Desk to receive free general admission for up to 4 people per family. Museums for All is a signature program of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

Museum Access Funds

Are you a Title I school? Field trips and classes at your school can be underwritten through Museum Access Funds. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349. Learn more.

Free Nature Hikes

Hit the trails with your classroom. The Nat offers free, guided nature hikes for school-age children, made possible with support from Subaru of America and the Canyoneers. Hikes are available in multiple locations throughout the County. Learn more.

ASD Mornings

The Museum offers a program for the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community: a once-a-month ASD Morning in which the Museum opens early for adults and children on the autism spectrum and their families, friends, and caregivers. Learn more here.

Social Stories Project

In 2018, The Nat will post social stories visitors can use to help prepare for their visit. We are co-authoring social stories with high-functioning young adults with autism. This is part of a project funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about the project here.


Wheelchairs are available for free. Check for availability and request a wheelchair at the Visitor Services Desk at either entrance. The wheelchair is available for use while at the Museum. 

Service Dogs

The Museum welcomes service dogs and their handlers. Service dogs must be on a non-retractable physical leash that is less than six feet in length. Each visitor may only have one service dog.

Assistive Listening System

Request the infrared listening device headsets at the north entrance Visitor Services Desk. The Assistive Listening System is available for lectures and films in the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater.

Parking & Accessible Entrance

The north entrance to the Museum (near the giant fig tree) is HP accessible. There are six accessible parking spaces in the parking lot located on the east side of the Museum at (to your left off Village Place). There are also four accessible parking spaces in the South Carousel parking lot adjacent to the museum parking lot (to your right off Village Place). The handicap access ramps are located at the northwest corner and the southwest corners of the Museum.

Note: The escort to a visitor with disabilities is entitled to free General Admission.