Education Program

Through the work of our archive, museum, education, and public programming teams, we present an educational, cultural, and historical resource for visitors, and our research community. We assist all those who search for knowledge and understanding of the 37th President of the United States, his administration, and his ongoing impact on the world.

Our Education Tour Program is designed to cover not only the life of President Richard Nixon, but to place young learners in an environment of sights and sounds that evoke a different time and place through our exhibitions. Our galleries allow for unique opportunities to reinforce fundamental lessons important for students to understand. These lessons incorporate California Educational Standards  and various skills taught throughout a student’s educational career. Richard Nixon’s life and service provide a compelling story in which we can weave primary and secondary sources, literacy, critical thinking, civics, and historical events and themes. 


Schedule an Education Tour  

Student Guided Tours - Educators of students grades Kindergarten to 12th enrolled in public, private, charter, and home schools in groups of 15 or more can schedule a docent-led guided tour without cost to the school. One adult chaperone per 10 students (free admission) is required. All adult chaperones beyond the 10:1 ratio are required to pay admission. Groups may not exceed 100 total tour participants per any one tour date. This includes students, teachers, and additional adult chaperones. These groups typically arrive from a school, return to a school, and visit during the school day. 

Student Self-Guided Tours - Educators of students in grades Kindergarten to 12th enrolled in public, private, charter, and home schools in groups of less than 15 can schedule  a self-guided tour without cost. One adult per 10 students (free admission) is required. All adult chaperones beyond the 10:1 ratio are required to pay admission. These groups typically arrive from a school, return to a school, and visit during the school day.

Scouts Badge Programs - Scout groups of 15 or more can request a docent-led guided tour without cost. Adult/child ratio will follow established guidelines. These programs are held outside of normal school hours. 

College-Level Classes: College-level classes interested in archival, or museum administration or work and procedures can schedule tours and/or classroom space when use of NARA holdings are included. Such programs, requested by classes, are available without cost.

To schedule a tour, please complete the education tour request form and submit it either by email to:, fax: 714-983-9111, or post mail to: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Education Department, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd. Yorba Linda, CA 92886.

In the remarks portion of the form please let us know if you require additional ADA accommodations.

    • We recommend that Education Tour requests be made at least one month in advance. Once your tour is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email. Tours are subject to availability.
    • Education Tours generally last two to two and a half hours and begin at either at 10:00 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Tours begin promptly at the scheduled time. 
    • Cancellations should be made at least 48 hours in advance.
    • Students will be given an admissions sticker upon arrival and instruction on museum decorum. Your group may be asked to leave if students do not follow these guidelines.
    • Larger student groups will be subdivided into subgroups groups of approximately 20 to ensure a safe learning environment and to prevent congestion in the museum. 
    • For the safety of your group and other guests, there is no running, food, gum, drinks, permitted in the museum. Bottled water is acceptable but containers must be capped at all times while in the galleries. 
    • Chaperones must stay with their students at all times and are responsible for student conduct on museum grounds. 
    • Backpacks or large purses/handbags are not permitted into the building, with the exception of emergency information, medicine, etc. Oversized bags will be subject to search by a federal security officer upon arrival. 
    • Lunch areas are not available at the Nixon Library. School groups are encouraged to eat at Jessamyn West Park, 19115 Yorba Linda Blvd, Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Please contact the Yorba Linda Parks and Recreation Department at (714) 961-7160 for approval and to confirm availability.
    • Richard Nixon’s childhood home and the interior of the President’s helicopter are subject to closures during inclement weather. 
    • Bus parking is located on the east side of our parking lot near the Mountain View entrance and is free of charge.
  • Paid adult tours - The Nixon Foundation offers docent-led, themed, and self-guided adult tours. Tickets must be reserved in advance.

    College and University students - College-level students who arrive, not part of class curriculum, must schedule a regular adult tour. 

    Out-of-area and International Students scheduled through a tourism company - All student tour groups from outside of the LA-metro area, must reserve tours through the Foundation.

    For profit after-school programs - All group tours from after-school/day-care programs must be scheduled through the Foundation.

    Schedule a tour by visiting or emailing

Educational Resources

  • Primary source documents and activities from the National Archives for educators and students:

    • Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Education of a Politician, 1913-1962. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1987.
    • Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, 1962-1972. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1989.
    • Ambrose, Stephen E. Nixon: Ruin and Recovery, 1973-1990. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1991.
    • Haldeman, H. R. The Haldeman Diaries: Inside the Nixon White House. New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1994.
    • Nixon, Richard M. RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1978.
  • Nixon White House Tapes:

    Gerald Ford Presidential Library Online Exhibit: Watergate online exhibit 

  • The Public Papers of the Presidents, which is compiled and published by the Office of the Federal RegisterNational Archives and Records Administration (NARA), began in 1957 in response to a recommendation of the National Historical Publications Commission. 

  • A selection of photographs from the Nixon presidency: