Activities and Events

Hang out with people who love nature and discovery as much as you do! These activities and events are also opportunities to learn how you can contribute to different citizen science projects throughout the Los Angeles area.

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Open Daily 9:30 am-5:00 pm
(213) 763-DINO

Nature Gardens

Opens Sunday, April 12, 2015
Museum's South Lawn
10 am-5 pm daily

The Butterfly Pavilion, where hundreds of butterflies flutter freely in a living habitat of nectaring plants, returns for its 17th year. The Pavilion is home to California natives and travelers from across North America, but it will also include some showy, subtropical species.

Watch daily First Flights, during which Museum staff release butterflies that have just emerged from their chrysalises into the Pavilion. NHM Gallery Interpreters will be in the Pavilion daily to answer questions about metamorphosis, butterfly anatomy, and breeding habits. Outside the Pavilion, visit a Monarch Waystation where the creature’s whole lifecycle can be seen firsthand on milkweed plants.

Cost: Click here to reserve timed-tickets.
Butterfly Pavilion tickets are free for Members. Learn More

To celebrate National Moth Week, join us for the first ever Moth Night at the La Brea Tar Pits. Our insect experts will teach you all about the science of mothing—how to attract and identify them, and how to nerd out with other moth-ers! All our moth (and other nocturnal insect) observations will be added to the Tar Pits citizen science project so these underrepresented species can be better understood in Los Angeles. No experience is necessary—we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Light snacks and refreshments will also be provided.

Date: Saturday, July 25
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Cost: Free
Registration required: SOLD OUT - We apologize, but this program has already reached capacity. To be added to our wait list email nature@nhm.org or 213-763-3320.