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Exhibits and Programming


Exhibits below require an additional reservation in addition to General Admission. Exhibit reservations are self-guided, but may have educators in them to answer questions. Arrive for all reservations on time to assure your space.

Nature Lab
30 minutes. Self-guided.
Monday - Friday, year-round. Reservations are not required on weekends.

Take a look at L.A.'s wild side! A companion to our Nature Gardens, the Nature Lab is a place to study who lives with us, where they came from, and why they might (or might not) be such great neighbors. Check out Nature at NHM to learn more. Wednesday - Friday, watch our BioSCAN team discovering L.A.'s biodiversity one bug at a time!


Spider Pavilion
30 minutes. Self-guided.
Monday - Friday, September 21, 2014 to November 2, 2015

Discover the secret beauty of spiders as they freely spin webs, lay eggs and eat in our Pavilion garden! Please note this outdoor exhibit is weather permitting.


Butterfly Pavilion
30 minutes. Self-guided.
Monday - Friday,  April 12, 2014 - June 30, 2014
Monday - Wednesday;  July and August 2015.

Observe free-flying butterflies and watch as they lay eggs, hatch into caterpillars and form chrysalis throughout our Pavilion garden! Please note this outdoor exhibit is weather permitting.


Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamérican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex
30 minutes. Self-guided.
Monday - Friday, November 9, 2014 – September 13, 2015

For more information about our latest Traveling Exhibit, click here!





Guided Programs are facilitated experiences offered October through January. Owing to the nature of the activities, we can only guarantee Guided Programs at their scheduled time. Please divide students into equal groups of 15 or less prior to your program.

   Outdoors, come dressed appropriately! These programs are weather and garden suitability permitting.

  Incorporates journals or notebooks--bring your own from the classroom to use!


PreK- Grade 1

Windows into Nature
30 minutes


Learn about the lives of animals through an interactive story, then venture into our classic diorama halls to visit characters from the story and discover more!


Growing Home
45 minutes


Explore the Nature Gardens to look for critters, then build habitats out of natural materials and talk about what we all need to survive.


Grades 2 - 5

Fossil Detectives
 45 minutes


Investigate the lives of ancient animals by looking at the clues they left behind - their fossils! Discuss observations and record ideas to take back to the classroom.


Pond Life
45 minutes

Discover the diversity of pond life! Practice collection skills and closely observe what we find to identify and document the unique wildlife that lives here in Los Angeles.



Grades 6 - 12

Urban Carnivores
45 minutes

Discover the carnivores that share our city! Learn about a local mammal and then work together to build scientific questions about urban nature.


Backyard Biodiversity
45 minutes

Experience the biodiversity of Los Angeles! Survey for insects then identify and record collected specimens to reveal the diversity that surrounds us.



Grades 1 - 5

Dinosaur Encounters
20 minutes
Thursdays; September 2014 - June 2014.
Watch dinosaurs come to life! Go back in time and learn about the lives of dinosaurs and paleontologists while performing with (and in!) realistic T. rex and Triceratops puppets. Learn more about Dinosaur Encounters here!