Field Trip Database

We’ve assembled a database of field trip opportunities in Los Angeles that also provide subsidized admission and/or bus scholarships for Title I schools. Everything you need to get started planning your field trip is located in the drop down menus below, including information about admission, bus scholarships and scheduling your trip. If a bus scholarship isn’t available, LA Metro provides a Student Field Trip Program to 20 approved locations on Metro bus and/or rail service. Locations accommodated by the Metro Student Field Trip Program are marked with an asterisk (*).

 
 

24th St. Theater

Admission: Varies by performance/program; partial scholarships available

Bus Scholarships: Included in program cost

Registration: Call (213) 745-6516 or email lem@24thstreet.org

1117 W 24th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The 24th Street Theatre presents Enter Stage Right, a wildly fun, sophisticated & action-packed program designed to excite students and get them on the edge of their seats, while teaching the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards. The program features movie star Jack Black in interactive video, and also touches on math, history & language arts. A teaching artist also visits the school to work with the visiting students before and after the trip! Program costs vary and cover the field trip, as well as the teaching artist visit and transportation to and from the theater. Ask if your school is eligible for partial scholarships. Call or email for more information, or simply fill out the online Interest Form.

African American Fire Fighter’s Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not Available

Call (213)-744-1730

Downtown Los Angeles (map)

The African American Fire Fighter’s Museum is the only freestanding museum dedicated to African American firefighters in the United States. This small museum is located on Central Avenue in historic Fire Station #30, one of two segregated stations in the city from 1924-1955. AAFM features historical fire-fighting artifacts and memorabilia including an antique truck, pictures, and stories of individuals who faced segregation and discrimination in the Fire Service.

 

AAFM also offers school programming through the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, including career day speakers, live fire department demonstrations, and presentations on fire safety education, disaster preparedness and the history of African Americans in the Fire Service. To inquire about programs, call the number listed above or email info@aaffmuseum.org.

Annenberg Space for Photography

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools

Registration form.

2000 Avenue of the Stars #10 Los Angeles, CA 90067

The Annenberg Space for Photography is the first solely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles area. The Space does not feature permanent exhibits; exhibits change every 4 to 6 months in order to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. There is also a “Reading Room,” filled with books to educate visitors about the art of photography.  The Space offersguided tours for students, and up to two groups of 25 students each can be accommodated during one scheduled visit. In addition, free, standards-based resources for educators are available for all exhibits that run during the traditional school year.  Bus scholarships are available for 4th-12th grade classes from Title I schools on a first-come, first-served basis: check the box indicating a need for bus funding when you book you tour.

Armory Center for the Arts *

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available; Metro program eligible

Registration: Contact Field Trip Coordinator, Tricia Garcia at tgarcia@armoryarts.org or (626) 792-5101 x140

Location: Pasadena (map)

The Armory Center originated as the education department of the Pasadena Art Museum in 1947. Today, it offers 20,000 square feet of space for galleries, workshops, studios and performances. K-12 field trips are offered 9:30-11:30 AM Tuesday-Friday. Teaching Artists lead students on a tour of our contemporary exhibitions and into the studio to create hands-on art projects. Prior to the visit, teachers receive an Armory Education Packet with images, discussion topics, and activities. For more information and to book, contact the Field Trip Coordinator.

The Autry National Center

Admission: $2 per student, teacher or chaperone

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools (request with registration)

Registration: Online Form (Scroll down for the “All Aboard!” Application)

 

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Autry National Center is a museum dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. The Autry offers docent-led tours and lessons on Western history for student groups Tuesday-Friday. Programs are available for students in grades K-12 and meet California Academic Content Standards. A complete list of school programs available for the 2015-16 school year is available on the museum website.  The Autry provides teachers with classroom resources, online access to images and lesson plans and student activities for before and after your visit. Special education docents are also available for students with disabilities.

Bus scholarships are available to Title I schools through the “All Aboard” program. In addition, student participants in “All Aboard” receive free family access to the museum for one year! To request your bus scholarship and schedule your tour, fill out the form on this page. You can also contact School Tour and Group Sales Manager Janet Jung at schooltours@theautry.org or 323-495-4336.

Californian African American Museum

Admission: Free admission; Tours = $2 per student, $3 per adult

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools; Metro program eligible

Registration: Call 213-744-2084 to schedule a tour

600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037

The California African American Museum focuses on the art, culture and history of African Americans with an emphasis on California and the Western United States. The Museum has a permanent collection with contemporary works as well as traditional African art. Docent-led tours are offered Tuesday-Saturday and can be scheduled by calling the phone number listed above. Teachers can also apply once a year for a scholarship to cover the cost of one bus and one docent-led tour. For more information about the scholarship program, contact Education Curator Elise Woodson at 213-744-7536.

California Science Center *

Admission: $25 booking fee + $9 per student for Big Lab programs

Bus Scholarships: Not available; Metro program eligible

Call (213) 744-2019; Online registration opens in July

Location: Exposition Park (map)

The California Science Center has a variety of exciting science exhibits, on topics such as ecosystems, biological science, space and technology. General admission is free; however, there are additional fees for groups and special programs. K-8 teachers can also make reservations at the Big Lab, a 32,000 square foot space designed for hands-on, inquiry science activities for different age groups. In addition to on-site programs, the Science Center offers an outreach presentation for K-5 students called “Desert Dome,” which can be brought to your school.

Center Theater Group

Admission: $50 for group

Bus Scholarships: N/A

Registration: Applications for individual productions will be posted online.

 

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or 9820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

The Center Theatre Group’s Young Audiences Program gives students the opportunity to watch a professional, full-length matinee performance and a post-show Q&A with the cast and crew. The program also provides in-classroom support from CTG teaching artists and educational materials to help prepare students to comprehend the play and make connections with their own lives. The $50 registration fee covers administrative and educational costs, including theater tickets, for the entire group. Schools are responsible for arranging their own transportation. The program is available at all three Center Theatre Group locations: the Ahmanson Theatre & Mark Taper Forum in Downtown, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. All schools and community organizations serving young people are invited to apply. See the Young Audiences FAQ for more information.

Craft & Folk Art Museum

Admission: $2 per student; Free for teachers and chaperones

Bus Scholarships: None available

Online form

5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Craft and Folk Art Museum offers exhibits with pieces ranging from local to global, and traditional to contemporary. CAFAM is the only museum in Los Angeles exclusively showing craft and folk art, working to recognize emerging artists and make art accessible to all audiences. Guided exhibition tours for K-12 students are available Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Fowler Museum at UCLA

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: None

Registration: Call (310) 206-5663

Location: 308 Charles E. Young Drive North
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Fowler Museum at UCLA explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on past and present works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. The mission of the Fowler’s Education Department is to strengthen global arts and humanities education by helping to increase understanding of our world’s cultural and artistic traditions. The Fowler also offers Curriculum Resource Units for many of the museum’s major exhibitions, which may be found by browsing individual exhibit listings. A variety of school tours, workshops and programs are available — see school visits for more information. The museum can accommodate up to 70 students per visit. There is no cost for the program; however, schools are responsible for providing their own transportation.

The Grammy Museum

Admission: $8 per student

Bus Scholarships: None.

Registration: Form here.

Location: 800 W OLYMPIC BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90015

Described as “a celebration of the power of music,” the GRAMMY Museum highlights the history and current use of recorded sound. Exhibits are highly interactive and visitors can simulate recording sessions, experiment with mixing sound, listen to historic recordings and much more. The GRAMMY can accommodate up to 200 students at one time for a visit. School groups can take a self-guided tour, and a variety of creative workshops are available for groups of 25 or more.  Workshops must be booked at least three weeks in advance; booking information for the 2016-17 school year coming soon. For information about scholarships, please write education@grammymuseum.org.

The Griffith Observatory

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: None

Registration: Call (213) 473-0891

Location: 2800 E Observatory Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Griffith Observatory offers a free school program exclusively for fifth-grade students. This two-and-a-half hour program features a planetarium presentation, interactive demonstration at the Leonard Nimoy Event Horizon Theater and a guided tour and discussion in the exhibit galleries. (See the program brochure for more details.) The Observatory also offers resources on their website for activities students can do before, during and after their visit. Reservations can be made for the 2016-17 school year by phone starting September.

The Hammer Museum at UCLA

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: None.

Registration: Call (310) 443-7041

Location:  10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Hammer Museum at UCLA features art and artists that inspire change and frame the world in a new perspective. K-12 teachers can request a guided visit led by a UCLA Student Educator. Self-guided visits are also an option for high school classes. Teachers of middle school students and older are eligible to request to view works in The Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, which comprises more than 45,000 prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books dating from the Renaissance to the present. Grade-specific resources for teachers to enhance understanding of museum exhibits and related themes are available on the Hammer Museum website. For more information or to request a visit, call the number above

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available for Title I schools

Registration: Online Form (Click on “Request your visit!”)

Location: J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses “pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and 19th- and 20th-century American and European photographs.” The art, however, is only part of the attraction. The Getty grounds feature interesting architecture, wonderful gardens, and incredible views of the city and the ocean.

School visits to the Getty are free and available September through June on a first-come, first-served basis. The docent-led “Closer Look” program lasts for one hour and features four 15-minute stops, each in a different gallery, with age-appropriate activities. Self-guided visits are also welcome. Subsidized transportation is available to Title I schools. See the Getty Bus Funding Guidelines for more information.

The J. Paul Getty Villa

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools

Registration: Online Form

Location: 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

The Getty Villa is located in Malibu and is fashioned after an ancient Roman villa that was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Its collections includes Ancient Greek, Roman and Etruscan art from 6500 B.C. to A.D. 400. School visits at the Getty are free and can accommodate up to 120 students. Educators can choose between self-guided visits (grade-specific activity packets are available) or guided visits on the topic of either Daily Life in the Ancient World or Mythology in Art. Subsidized transportation is available to Title I schools on a first-come, first-served basis. See the Getty Bus Funding Guidelines for more information.

Japanese American National Museum

Admission: Free to Title I schools

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools

Online form

800 W Olympic Blvd A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Japanese American National Museum is devoted to preserving the history and culture of Japanese Americans. The museum is home to artifacts, textiles, art, photographs, and oral histories dating back to the first Issei (Japanese immigrant) generation, as well as home movies of Japanese Americans from the 1920s-50s.

K-12 student groups can visit the museum for guided tours, and choose from a variety of additional activities such as documentary screenings, taiko drumming and origami art. For a full list of available programs, see the Group Visits Brochure. JANM also offers special programs for school groups during temporary exhibitions, which you can browse on the museum website. The museum’s Bid for Education program covers admission and transportation costs for up to $350 per bus for Title I schools. Applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted beginning July 1, 2016.

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Admission: Free for students and up to 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students

Bus Scholarships: None; Metro program eligible

Registration: Call (626) 821-3212

301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

The L.A. County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is a unique 127-acre botanical garden and historical site that includes Native American, Rancho Period and late 19th-century treasures. They offer concerts, tours, educational activities and other events that cater to a variety of audiences. The onsite Arboretum Library contains a comprehensive collection of resources on gardening, botany, California native plant life, environmental issues and agriculture. Docent-let field trips are available October-May for students in grades 3-6. PreK-12 teachers can also make reservations for self-guided tours. Please note guided tours are limited to 72 students per day, and self-guided tours are limited to 350 students per day. For more information, visit the Arboretum’s “Teachers and Schools” page.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools;

Online form

Location: 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

With 100,000 objects dating from ancient times to the present, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States. School tours at LACMA are led by trained art docents, who engage students in active looking and discussion focusing on a select number of works in the collection. Teachers can choose from a variety of grade-specific programs, and download supplementary resources on the LACMA website. Browse programs and learn more here. LACMA will also offer one free passenger bus to Title I LAUSD schools with a group size of 40–60 students who request to come on a docent‐guided tour. Reservations for the 2016-17 school year begin July 15.

For information on transportation options, including bus scholarships, see this pdf.

Unable to bring your class to LACMA but want to encourage your students to engage in museum learning anyway? Get them involved in the Arts for NextGen program, which provides free general admission to kids under 18 and an adult guest!

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available for Title I schools

Registration: Online form

100 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

At LAMOTH, students learn Holocaust history through artifact based tours and dialogue with Holocaust survivors. These educational programs are free and available for 4th-12th grade students. LAMOTH will also work with teachers and schools to personalize a program that best serves visiting students. See the Education Programs brochure for more details. Teachers are encouraged to visit the museum before making a reservation; A Teacher Guide is also available to assist you in preparing for your class’ s visit.

Reservations for school tours can be made here. Title I schools with 50% or more students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can apply online for a transportation grant.

Los Angeles Zoo

Admission: Free for LAUSD/Head Start

Bus Scholarships: Available

Call (323) 644-4211

5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Los Angeles Zoo creates an environment for recreation and discovery, inspires an appreciation of wildlife through exhibits and education, ensures the highest level of animal welfare, and supports programs that preserve biodiversity and conserve natural habitat. LAUSD and federally recognized Headstart schools receive free admission for self-directed or docent-guided tours. The ZooPals scholarship program also provides free transportation. Information about ZooPals scholarships for the 2016-17 school year will be posted on the L.A. Zoo website in July. The zoo admits a limited number of students per day, so call the number well in advance to make your reservation.

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Admission: Varies by program.

Bus Scholarships: None

Registration: Information on various programs available here.

250 SOUTH GRAND AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90012

Founded in 1979, MOCA is the only museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to contemporary art. It is committed to the collection, presentation, and interpretation of work produced since 1940 in all media, and to preserving that work for future generations. Self-guided tours are free; staff-led tours, available for 3rd-12th grade groups, cost $7 per student and should be reserved at least two weeks in advance. Click here for more information about tours and reservations.

MOCA also offers yearlong Contemporary Art Start programs, which include two trips to MOCA.

Natural History Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available; Metro program eligible

Registration: Online form

900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Natural History Museum is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. It aims to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds with a collection that includes nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and covers 4.5 billion years of history. General admission and programs are free to students, teachers and adult chaperones. Certain exhibits, such as the interactive Nature Lab and Butterfly Pavilion, require an additional registration — check the full list of exhibits for more information. Grade-specific guided programs are available October through January with an advance reservation. Teachers can also find lesson plans for self-guided visits on the NHM website. Visit requests should be submitted at least two weeks before the desire visit date. Reservations for the 2016-17 school year begin August 15.

Norton Simon Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available

Registration: Online form (staff guided/teacher guided)

C A, 411 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

The Norton Simon Museum houses a massive collection of European, South Asian and Southeast Asian art, including pieces that date back more than 2,000 years.  Visitors can also walk through the beautiful Sculpture Garden, an opportunity for students to explore art and nature alongside each other. Staff-guided tours can be scheduled for grades 5-12. These tours are held in the morning, when the museum is closed to the public, to allow for a more intimate learning environment. Educators can choose from a variety of tour themes, which can be tailored to classroom curriculum. Teacher-guided tours for K-12 students can also be scheduled during normal business hours.

Page Museum at La Brea Tarpits

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available; Metro program eligible

Registration: Online form

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world’s most famous fossil sites. Visitors can see Ice Age fossils — including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths —  from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits.

Admission is free for all students, and up to one adult per every five students. Grade-specific guided programs are available October through February. They are free, but require an add-on reservation. For a full list of programs, click here. Field trip resources are available on the Tar Pits website, including lesson plans and guide for chaperones. Reservations for the 2016-17 school year can be made online beginning August 15.

Skirball Cultural Center

Admission: $2 per student, admission scholarships available

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I

Registration: Make your request online

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks to explore connections between Jewish heritage and American democratic ideals. The Skirball offers a variety of grade-specific programs, performances and film screenings for K-12 students to explore topics such as history, the performing arts, civil rights, archaeology, civic responsibility and community building. Admission and bus scholarships are available to schools in need on a first-come, first-served basis. You should request scholarships when you submit your reservation. Reservations for the 2016-17 school year begin July 14. See the field trip FAQ for more information.

Petersen Automotive Museum

Admission: $2

Bus Scholarships: Available for Title I schools

Email education@petersen.org for information.

Location: 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Petersen Automotive Museum displays a rotating collection of historic vehicles of all different shapes, sizes, models, makes and purposes. The Peterson is currently relaunching their educational and field trip programs. For more information, visit their list of programs and scroll down to “teacher & student programs.”

Title I schools are eligible to apply for the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus program to cover the cost of bus transportation to the museum. These requests must be made at least three months in advance. For more information, call the Education Department at (323) 964-6386.

Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants

Admission: $3.00 per student, Title I schools; $5.00 per student, all others

Bus Scholarships: Not available

Registration: Contact Lisa Novick, Director of Outreach & K-12 Education, at lisa@theodorepayne.org or (818) 768-1802

10459 Tuxford Street
Sun Valley, California 91352

The Theodore Payne Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding, preservation and use of California native plants.  The Foundation sits on 22 acres of canyon land in the San Fernando Valley, with a full-service native plant nursery, seed room, bookstore, art gallery, demonstration gardens and hiking trails. They offer field trip programs for K-12 students, as well as classroom outreach for schools that are unable to make the trip.

Field trips are inquiry-based and California Department of Education standards-based, and feature hands-on activities that teach students about California native plants and the natural world. Throughout all programs, the vital ecological link between native plants, insects and other animals is emphasized. Students will understand the water-saving benefits of native plants and the crucial ecological function that plants fulfill. Visiting schools can choose from several different grade-specific programs; see the website for details. Each program lasts approximately 3 1/2 hours.

Travel Town Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Not available

Call (323) 668-0104, Ext. 12

5200 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The mission of the Travel Town Museum Foundation is to educate the public about railroad history as it pertains to the development of the Southwest Region of the United States, particularly the Los Angeles area. They support the restoration, operation and interpretation of the historic railroad equipment at the City-operated Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park.

Group instructional sessions are available by appointment and designed for groups of less than 30. These sessions are led by volunteer docents or staff members and are tailored to the age and size of the group. Older students can take a tour of the museum and learn about how steam locomotives work; younger children spend time in the “Holden’s Corner” Learning Area singing railroad songs and listening to train stories. School visits are free, and reservations can be made with the City of Los Angeles Travel Town office at (323) 662-5874, between 10AM and 2PM.  Los Angeles Travel Town office, (323) 662-5874, between 10am and 2pm. You must also make a reservation for the docent led session with The Museum Foundation at least two weeks before your scheduled visit by calling 323-668-0104, extension 12.

USC Fischer Museum of Art

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: None

Registration: Request a tour.

USC Fisher Museum of Art
University of Southern California University Park Campus
823 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Fisher Museum houses a permanent collection of some 1,800 objects including 19th century American landscapes; 16th and 17th century Northern European paintings; 18th century British portraiture; and 19th century French Barbizon paintings, as well as 20th century works on paper, paintings and sculpture. The Fisher also features exhibitions of local, international and emerging artists.

The museum welcomes groups from local elementary, middle and high schools. Tours accommodating groups of up to 30 people can be arranged at no charge.

USC Pacific Asia Museum

Admission: Free

Bus Scholarships: Available to Title I schools

Registration: Call 626-449-2742 ext. 23 or email tours@pacificasiamuseum.org

46 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Closed for seismic retrofitting until May 16, 2017.

The Pacific Asia Museum is one of the few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific islands, and includes a garden inspired by the classic gardens of China. School visits at the museum feature a guided tour of the museum’s galleries and an hour-long workshop led by a local artist. Workshop options include calligraphy, poetry, origami, drawing pagodas, mythological creatures, storytelling, drawing animals, Chinese dragons, and brush painting. Visits are free and available for students in 3rd-12th grade. Reservations should be made at least four weeks in advance. A limited amount of transportation scholarships for Title I schools are available on a first-requested, first-granted basis. The museum is also within walking distance of the Metro Gold Line.