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

April 18: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Citizen Science Meet-up: Butterfly Blitz

NHM, Nature Gardens

Join us for our first ever Butterfly Blitz. To prepare you for this mission we'll train you on butterfly identification and data gathering. We'll all head out to the Nature Gardens to search for these charismatic insects, where we'll teach you proper techniques for making field observations. All our butterfly sightings will be shared on the e-Butterfly website so scientists here in L.A. and all over the world can use our data.

Cost: Free to the public
Registration required: Limit to 30 participants, Registation closes April 15. Email nature@nhm.org

Saturday, May 2, 2015: 10:00am to 4:00pm


NHM, Nature Gardens

A day devoted to the birds of Los Angeles. Come learn with us!

Program Schedule:
10am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (SOLD OUT - limited capacity)
11am Bird Walk w/ Kimball Garrett (open to the public)
1-3pm Meet a Bird Expert: Kimball Garrett
1-3pm Finding House Sparrows in L.A. with the Citizen Science Team
1pm Gallery Exploration Tour (Dino Hall)
2pm Gallery Highlights Tour (Bird Hall)
4pm Nature Walk

Cost: Free to the public (with paid admission)

RSVP: Registration required ONLY for 10am bird walk (nature@nhm.org)

Thursday, May 7: 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Citizen Science + Cocktails: California Roadkill Observation System

Natural History Museum, 2nd Floor North American Mammal Hall

Roads, highways and other human endeavors harm wildlife and ecosystems. To understand the degree, location, and type of harm, we need massive data collection about where wildlife occur and what they are doing. Dr. Fraser Shilling (Director of the Road Ecology Center at the University of California, Davis) will discuss two ways that volunteers can collect data about wildlife, both dead and alive: The California Roadkill Observation System and The California Wildlife Observation Systems.

Program Schedule:
5:00 pm Reception (cash bar)
6:00 pm Lecture (20-30 min presentation followed by Q&A)
7:30 pm Event concludes

Cost: Free to the public

RSVP: nature@nhm.org