Nov. 13 – 19, 2017  9am – 5pm
General public: walk up any time


The Forced From Home exhibit will be held in the parking lot of Santa Monica Pier. For directions, please click below.

1550 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90401 
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Doctors Without Borders presents Forced From Home, a free interactive tour that takes you behind the headlines about the global refugee crisis. Guided by experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers, you’ll travel through a 10,000-square-foot space designed to convey the challenges facing a person forced to flee. You’ll also learn about the humanitarian aid we provide along the way.

Visitors experience virtual reality and 360˚ video, and interact with materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world.

Forced From Home tours are free, fully accessible, and take roughly one hour to complete. Families are welcome, however the content is best suited to children ages 12+.

General Public
Walk up any time between 9am – 5pm daily.

School groups welcome
Forced From Home is a great field trip opportunity for students in grades 7-12. Organizers must coordinate with our team and register in advance.

Bringing a group of 10 or more?
Please complete our group registration form at least 48 hours prior to your visit and we will be in touch to arrange a tour time.

American Sign Language tour
We will be offering a free  American Sign Language (ASL) tour for the deaf and hard of hearing community on Saturday, 11/18, at 10 a.m. There is no need to sign up, just show up! Please email if you have any questions.

Become a Forced From Home volunteer
Forced From Home is a big event that requires lots of volunteers to help run it smoothly. To learn about the responsibilities and requirements, and to sign up, visit the volunteer page.

Donors RSVP here
RSVP for the donor reception by clicking here.

Have a question?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, email or call 212-400-3424 (M-F 9am-5pm EST).


Forced to Flee: Responding to the Humanitarian Crisis in Central America – Los Angeles, CA – Nov. 14, 2017

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) presents a moderated panel discussion about the physical and mental health consequences of displacement on individuals and entire communities, with a special focus on the migration crisis in Central America. The panel will explore the specific health care needs of people on the move, and the impact of border closures and other restrictive measures.

Forced From Home “Footsteps of a Fieldworker” Tour – Santa Monica, CA – Nov. 14, 2017

The “Footsteps of a Fieldworker” tour is designed for medical and non-medical professionals interested in working with MSF in the field. Come learn how MSF staff work to provide aid to refugees around the world. Find out who we need, and register for this tour.


Doctors Without Borders Recruitment Info Session – Santa Monica, CA – Nov. 13, 2017

On Monday, November 13, medical and non-medical professionals are invited to join us for an evening presentation to learn more about how you can join Doctors Without Borders’ pool of dedicated aid workers.