Plan a Class Visit

The Alabama Museum of Natural History offers a variety of low-cost museum experiences for your class. We can sometimes waive or reduce field trip costs for classrooms, primarily from under-served school districts. Opportunities for waived or reduced field trip costs are determined on a case-by-case basis and are limited each year. Contact Joyia Davis at joyia.davis@ua.edu for more information.

Tour Options

Guided Tours (10 or more): $3 per K-12 Student

Discovery Tour: $3 per K-12 Student

Discovery Lab Experience (limited to 20 students): $5 per K-12 Student

  • Reservations for the Discovery Lab Experience must be made at least two weeks in advance.
  • Activity Options
    • Fossil Dig (PreK-2nd)
    • Fossil Impressions (K-5th grade)
    • Rocks and Minerals (3rd-5th grade)
    • Owl Pellet Lab (6th-8th grade)
    • Water Quality Lab (9th-12th grade) – only offered in the Spring

Field Trip Request Form (PDF)

Virtual Programs

The Alabama Museum of Natural History has partnered with the Alabama State Department of Education Virtual Field Trip program to offer free virtual programs via Zoom. For more information and to register, please visit the State Department website.

Loan Kit Program

Bring the ALMNH to your classroom with our Loan Kit Program. Each thematic kit includes real museum specimens, reproductions, books, and suggested activities. Themes include:

  • Alabama’s Ancient Oceans
  •  Indigenous People of Alabama – Coming Soon!
  • Alabama’s Waterways: Black Warrior River – Coming Soon!


Loan kits are $25 for one week and $35 for two weeks. The price covers the cost of shipping costs and maintenance of the kits. A late fee of $5 will be charged for kits that are not returned on time.

Loan Duration and Pick Up

Loan kits can be checked out for two weeks at a time. Tuscaloosa County and City teachers can pick up and return loan kits at the front desk of the museum.


To reserve a loan kit, please fill out the online form. Loan kits are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and you can only reserve one loan kit at a time.

Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Your reservation is not complete until you are contacted by us to confirm your reservation. At that point, you will be directed to our online store to pay for the kit. Checks can be made out to the University of Alabama. You will receive your loan kit after the check has been received by the museum.

Alabama Museum of Natural History
ATTN: Joyia Davis
Box 870340
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0340

Policy and Loan Agreement

The borrower is responsible for providing supervision of any users of the kit. Damage, lost, or stolen items are subject to an additional charge. If you need to cancel your reservation, contact us at least 1 week in advance. Failure to pick up is considered a cancellation.


Contact Whitley Dasinger, wjdasinger@crimson.ua.edu