Days and Nights at the Museum

We have garden tours, bird watching walks, bug hunts, live animal presentations, and more in the Nature Gardens and Nature Lab. Come hang out with people who love nature and discovery as much as you do!  

Currently at the
Nature Gardens
Showing today: 
  • TodayExperience the Butterfly Pavilion (South Lawn)
  • 3:00pmMeet a Live Animal (Nature Lab, Level G)
  • 4:00pmTake a Nature Walk (Otis Booth Pavilion, Ground Floor)

Opens April 12, 2015: 10 am-5 pm

Butterfly Pavilion is Back!

Museum's South Lawn

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 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

June 27 - August 31, 2015:

BioBlitz L.A.

Greater L.A. Area

We need your help this summer! Send us your photographs of the plants and animals you encounter in the city. By sharing your observations you will help our scientists better understand the nature in L.A. Our goal is to reach 7,500 images so get your phones out and start taking pictures!

How to Participate:
Be a part of BioBlitz L.A. by submitting a photo via email OR social media. Please include date and location (address or intersection) for each photo.
• Email us nature@nhm.org OR
• Post it to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook using #BioBlitzLA OR
• Post directly to the BioBlitz L.A. project page on iNaturalist

For more information about BioBlitz L.A. visit its homepage.