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Frequently Asked Questions

General Information


Q: Where is the Alf Museum?

A: The Alf Museum is located at 1175 West Baseline Road in Claremont, California on The Webb Schools campus. Be aware that although the Alf Museum is open to the public, the rest of The Webb Schools campus is in use as a residential high school and is closed to visitors.



Q: What are your hours?

A: The Alf Museum is open 8am – 4pm Monday through Friday. We are open 1pm – 4pm on Saturdays from September – May only.



Q: How much is admission?

A: General Admission is $6.00 per person. Kids 4 and under are free.



Q: Am I allowed to leave the Alf Museum and come back?

A: Museum re-entry is currently not allowed.



Q: Does the Alf Museum have a gift shop?

A: The Alf Museum does not have a gift shop.



Q: Are there public restrooms at the museum?

A: Public restrooms are available on the top floor of the museum in the Mesozoic section of the Hall of Life.



Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking is available but limited. Please enter the parking lot through the main driveway from West Baseline Road. There is no museum access through Webb Canyon Road.



Q: Are strollers allowed in the museum?

A: Yes, strollers are allowed in the museum, but please be aware that there are no elevators inside the museum. Please ask a staff member for assistance and they will help guests access both floors by using the ramps around the outside of the museum building. Strollers may be parked at the entrance of the museum. The Alf Museum is not responsible for any lost, broken, or stolen items



Q: Is the Alf Museum wheelchair accessible?

A: Yes, both floors of the museum are accessible, but please be aware that there are no elevators inside the museum. Please ask a staff member for assistance accessing both floors by using the ramps around the outside of the museum building. For assistance and information about accessing the museum, please contact Kathy Sanders at (909) 482-5225.



Q: Do you have storage lockers?

A: No, there are no storage areas in the museum. All items must be kept with guests and the Alf Museum is not responsible for any lost, broken or stolen items.



Q: Can I take pictures?

A: Yes, pictures are encouraged! Professional photography and video equipment beyond a DSLR or handheld camera are not allowed without prior permission from museum staff. Drones are strictly prohibited on The Webb Schools campus.



Q: Can I bring food?

A: Food or drink are not allowed in the museum, with exceptions for medical or nursing needs.



Q: Are there dining options at the museum?

A: There are no dining options at the museum. Picnicking is not permitted in or outside of the museum. Park facilities are available nearby at Memorial Park at 10th and Indian Hill Blvd. in Claremont.



Q: What can I bring to the Alf Museum?

A: Backpacks and other personal items are allowed in the museum. Items may not be stored anywhere in the museum. Firearms and alcohol are strictly prohibited at the Alf Museum and The Webb Schools campus. Smoking (including vaporizers and vape pens) is also prohibited on the museum and school grounds.

Tours


Q: How do we reserve a tour for my school?

A: School group tours are reserved online on the For Educators page.



Q: Can I reserve more than one tour at a time?

A: Yes, but you must complete a new reservation form for each tour date you would like to reserve. Please note that tour reservations are for a maximum of 2 groups (60 students) per day. If you have more than 60 students and/or require multiple tour date reservations, you will have to complete a separate reservation form for each date.



Q: What is included in the tour?

A: During your visit, your school group will receive a detailed tour of the museum’s two fossil-filled exhibition halls (The Hall of Life and The Hall of Footprints) as we discuss various highlights from the history of life. Your group will also view a short film which takes them along a dinosaur discovery made by the museum. Please see our Educator’s Guide for a full description of the museum tour.



Q: When do tours start?

A: Check-in for tours begin at 9:15 AM and tours start at 9:30 AM. If your group requires a later start time due to travel distance, please complete the start time question on the reservation form and an Alf Museum staff member will contact you to confirm a later start time. Tours cannot begin later than 10:00 AM.



Q: How long is the tour?

A: Tours are about 2 hours in length.



Q: Where do we park?

A: For groups arriving by bus – security services will direct your group to the drop off area upon entering The Webb Schools campus.

For groups arriving by van or car – parking is available but limited. Please complete the Transportation section of the online field trip reservation form. Carpooling is strongly encouraged. 



Q: How many chaperones are allowed on a tour?

A: The Alf Museum chaperone policy permits 1 chaperone per 5 students (some exemptions apply). All additional persons beyond the 1:5 ratio will be required to pay the $9.00 admission fee. All chaperones must read our Chaperone Guidelines.



Q: Can we bring snacks?

A: No. Food and drinks are not allowed in the museum (except for nursing or medical needs) and picnicking is not allowed on The Webb Schools campus. For a map of nearby parks, click here.



Q: Can the museum provide accommodations for students with special needs?

A: Yes. Please complete the Students with Special Needs section on the online field trip reservation form and an Alf Museum staff member will contact you about arranging accommodations. Please contact Kathy Sanders at ksanders@webb.org or call (909) 482-5225 for more information.



Q: Does the museum offer guided tours for homeschool or Scout groups?

A: Not at this time. Our guided tours are designed for grades 2-4 school groups. Depending on the size of your group, we are happy to offer a discounted group admission and material for self-guided tours. Please contact Kathy Sanders at ksanders@webb.org or call (909) 482-5225 for more information.



Q: Is the museum available for private events?

A: No.

Fossils


Q: Can I bring fossils for identification?

A: Yes, but you must make an appointment beforehand. No walk-in fossil identifications. Photographs of fossils may also be emailed to the museum for identification. Please see our Fossil Identification page for more information.