Los Angeles

United States


Website: www.nhm.org

Natural History Museum

The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.

Human beings are connected -- to each other, to communities, to other species, and to the Earth. As humans increasingly influence natural systems, it is critical that we understand these relationships. This understanding, in the context of the history of the Earth and its inhabitants, guides our approach to investigation and interpretation. By integrating our global research and extensive collections with engaging learning experiences that reveal all aspects of our work, we provoke curiosity and deepen understanding of our natural and cultural worlds. This dynamic learning laboratory and forum for the exchange of ideas is a new model that sets the standard for museums of the future. We inspire the widest possible audience to enjoy, value and become stewards of the living Earth.

Permanent Collection

# Two world-famous habitat halls show African and North American mammals in their natural environments.

# The Museum is home to Megamouth, the world's rarest shark — a 14.5 foot long male that was the first to be placed on public view. Only 17 of the elusive sharks have been found since the first one was discovered in 1976.

# Dinosaurs, the perennial natural history museum favorite, are well represented here. Dinosaur exhibits include a cast of the complete skeleton of a Mamenchisaurus, the largest-necked dinosaur ever discovered, one of the few and finest Tyrannosaurus rex skulls on view anywhere, and dramatic models of an Allosaurs and Carnotaurus by sculptor/paleontologist Stephen Czerkas.

# Animated birds, tree walk-through habitats and 27 separate learning stations are featured in the popular Schreiber Hall of Birds.

# A unique exhibit, "Chaparral: A Story of Life from Fire," demonstrates fire's importance in the life cycle of chaparral through a multi-media presentation that surrounds the visitor with the sights, sounds and even the smells of a chaparral ecosystem.

# The Marine Hall features intricate dioramas of sea life in California waters, from the inter tidal to the deep sea. Identifications of many of the animals and plants seen by beachcombers and scuba divers are provided.

# More than 2,000 gem and mineral specimens are on view in the Gem and Mineral Hall. The hall features one of the largest gold exhibits in the world, that includes over 300 pounds of natural gold along with gold mining artifacts and other memorabilia. The walk-through Hixon Gem Vault houses such spectacular treasures as exquisite star rubies, emeralds and sapphires.

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Previous Exhibitions

* The Mysterious Bog People
* Sonic Scenery: Music for Collections
* Eyes on Collections
* Linda Vallejo: Meditations on the Natural World
* Conversations
* L.A: light / motion / dreams
* Machu Picchu: Unveiling the Mystery of the Incas
* California’s Native Grandeur: Preserving Vanishing Landscapes
* The Pavilion of Wings: A Live Butterfly Experience
* Japanese Friendship Doll: ‘Miss Taiwan’
* Steve Tobin's "Naked Earth" Sculptures
* Chocolate, the exhibition
* DOGS: Wolf, Myth, Hero & Friend
* Baseball As America
* The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
* Voyages of Discovery
* Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga
* Super Croc
* Tiniest Giants
* Of Myth and Memory: Paiute and Shoshone Baskets of Owens Valley, California


Adult - $9
Seniors (62+) - $6.50
Students 18 and over with ID - $6.50
Children 13 through 17 - $6.50
Children 5 through 12 - $2
Children under 5 - FREE

Opening hours

* 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday
* 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

The Museum is closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Getting there

900 Exposition Blvd. between Vermont and Figueroa.
Los Angeles, CA 90007


Thank you for your interest in the Natural History Museum's Overnight Adventure Sleepover Program.

Group Overnight Adventures are designed for groups of 10 or more with an adult to child ratio of at least 1:6.

All participants must be at least 5 years old.

Overnight Adventures take place at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Price: $43 per person
What it includes:
- light snack during the night portion of the program.
- Museum patches for all participants
- 3–4 rotations of fun and educational activities at night led by
Museum educators
- light breakfast in the morning.

- free parking in our Museum parking lots for the duration of the event.
- admission into the Museum all day (after the 9:00am checkout)
- and, of course, an exciting and fun opportunity to spend the night in
a cool Museum, surrounded by fossils!

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The Education Division of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is dedicated to providing teachers in Southern California and beyond resources that can be used in the classroom or in the Museum during a class visit.