Junior Scientist | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

What will you discover as a Junior Scientist?

L.A. Nature Fest

March 18 & 19

Discover L.A.'s wild side by getting up close and hands-on with all things nature.

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Butterfly Pavilion

Mar 19 – Sept 4, 2017

Step into our butterfly wonderland to witness over 30 species flying all around you.

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It's time to become a Junior Scientist!

Join us each month to experience NHMLA as a scientist does! Feel what it’s like to do real scientific work by using the same tools and techniques as our own Museum researchers.

Packed with activities, demonstrations, and an up-close look at some cool (and sometimes creepy crawly) highlights from our collection, each month is a crash course in one of the many fields of science explored at the Museum. By asking questions, making observations, and using your own customized Junior Scientist Field Notebook, you’ll make science-based discoveries about topics ranging from the biggest dinosaurs to the smallest insects.

Junior Scientist is specially designed for 6- to 9-year-olds and their families. All programs are FREE with paid Museum admission or Membership and include a personal Field Notebook to take home. No reservations are required; check in at the Dueling Dinosaurs in the Museum’s foyer on the day of for a free entry ticket.



Saturday, March 25, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Making a Museum
Have you ever wondered it takes to create your own museum? In this edition of Junior Scientist, we will explore how collections at the Natural History Museum connect us to our natural and cultural worlds. Junior Scientists will study NHMLA’s exhibits and collections and draw inspiration to create their own museum!



Saturday, February 25, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Glorious Gastropods!
What group of animals thrives both in the sea and on land? Find out at this month’s Junior Scientist! We’ll step into the shoes of a malacologist to meet some of the slimiest residents of Los Angeles—and beyond!

Saturday, January 21, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Growing L.A.: Just Add Water!
Water was needed for Los Angeles to grow and thrive but it also changed the course of our future.  In this edition of Junior Scientist, race to compete for LA’s water, follow in the footsteps of surviving and thriving wildlife, and discover hands-on how Angelenos are saving every last drop! How will our decisions about water affect the next chapter of our story?

For more information, please contact us at 213.763.3499 or educate@nhm.org