The Huntington provides teachers with three visit options: docent-led field trips, self-guided field trips, and field trips for homeschooled groups.
Docent-led Field Trips (School Programs)
Docent-led field trips (school programs) are offered at no charge, and are provided during non-public, morning hours, and led by volunteer education facilitators who guide students in interactive explorations of the institution's treasures. Book a School Program field trip >
Self-guided Field Trips
Self-guided tours are available for teachers who wish to bring their students on learning visits during regularly scheduled public hours. Following are guidelines that will help to make your visit a fun learning experience for your students. Remember, prepared teachers and chaperones insure that your visit will be a success.
- Regular admission fees apply. Please note that we do not accept purchase orders.
- Parking reservations are required for buses or vans carrying 10 or more people. Please email School Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org for parking reservations.
- One adult for every ten children is required for visits to
the gardens, library, and art galleries. For visits to the Children's
Garden and Conservatory, one adult for every
four children is required. Groups without adequate adult supervision will not be
permitted to enter the grounds.
- Students must stay with their chaperoned groups during the entire
visit. Students may not be on their own without adult supervision.
- Please keep groups to ten or fewer. Have your groups visit different areas rather than stay in one large group.
- Please note there is no lecturing allowed inside the buildings. Prepare students outside before entering.
- Please help us to protect the collections: no touching, running, food, beverages, or gum.
- The Huntington has a picnic area located near the bus drop off where students may eat lunch. There is a limited amount of picnic tables/seating available. A protected lunch area is not available on rainy days.
How to Schedule
Schools wishing to self-tour The Huntington are welcome during regularly scheduled public hours, but there is an admission charge. Please check visitor information for hours and admission. We do not accept purchase orders. Schools arriving by bus need a parking reservation. Please call 626-405-2272 to make a reservation for parking. Be prepared to leave your name and telephone number, the name of your school, the date you would like to come, the time of your arrival, the number of students, and the number of chaperones.
There is only one legal bus route to and from The Huntington when arriving from the north. Police may ticket you if you do not follow this route.
How to Make the Most of Your Self-guided Visit
Introduce the function of museums to your students. Questions to ask:
- What are museums for?
- What do they do?
- If you could build a museum, what would your museum look like?
- What would you put in your museum? Why?
- What kinds of things do you collect?
- How do you add to, sort, and care for your collection?
Plan your visit. The museum should be an enjoyable extension of the classroom.
- Remember quality is more important than quantity. It's better enjoy what you visit than to see everything.
- Imagine yourself as one of your students: Would you enjoy the trip you are planning?
- Select a theme for your field trip. Relate the trip to subjects you are discussing in the classroom.
- Go over the rules: no touching, running, food, beverages, or chewing gum.
- Bring enough chaperones and prepare them ahead of time.
- Make sure they understand their responsibilities.
- Have written information for them including the day's goals, maps, etc.
- Know what time to return to the bus.
Back at school, reinforce the museum experience with your students.
- Have them sketch their favorite thing.
- Write a short story or poem about their visit.
- Ask them what they liked and what they did not, and why.
- Have the students make their own museum at school. Have them design the building, choose objects for display, make exhibits, and interpret their items.
- Relate what they saw to their daily lives, including how objects around them are similar to things they saw at the museum.
Self-guided Activity Sheets
These self-guided activity sheets are designed for specific grade levels and topics.
Field trips for Homeschooled Groups
Self-guided Homeschool visits are available on non-holiday Mondays during public hours. For guidelines and to schedule a visit, contact email@example.com.