Check out our permanent Insect Zoo exhibit! We have bugs all year round.
Our mammal researchers answer this and other questions on our Mammalogy FAQs page.
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Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.
Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!
The Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center is now located on Level 2. Enjoy hands-on activities and re-discover forgotten favorites. The big, brighter, more beautiful new space overlooks Exposition Park and the Butterfly Pavilion.
Get Your Hands on Discovery:
See the T.rex and Triceratops from Dinosaur Encounters up-close and personal in their home inside the Discovery Center. Watch puppeteers get ready for performances and see the puppets when they are not in use.
Our polar bear was collected in Norway in 1964, before the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. The Los Angeles Dodgers donated it as a gift to the Museum, specifically so that it could be used for “hands-on” display. According to our sources, the bear was formerly housed in the VIP lounge at Dodger Stadium. The polar bear has remained of the Museum's most beloved specimens since its move to the Discovery Center in 1991.