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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!  

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  • 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


July 25, 2015: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Citizen Science Meet-up: Tar Pits Moth Night

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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: nature@nhm.org or 213-763-3320
Limited to 40 participants; Registration closes July 20