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Members Get Behind the Scenes

A behind-the-scenes tour gives members the unparalleled opportunity to hear directly from the Natural History Museum's renowned scientists and curators as they walk you through collections not on view to the public and update you on their latest research and fieldwork conducted around the globe.

Scavenger's Safari

Explore behind the scenes and discover a different curatorial department each month. Meet our scientists, researchers and collections managers, and go on a scavenger hunt throughout the Museum.  Please call (213) 763-3316 to RSVP.  Free for members at the Patron Family level and higher. Learn more

Host a free, private Scavenger's Safari

Explorer level and higher members can get the same fun-filled Scavenger's Safari program exclusively for up to 12 of their family and friends. Call (213) 763-3322 to learn more.

All-Stars of Science Tours

We'll roll out the red carpet for you and up to 10 guests on this weekday behind-the-scenes tour with one of our world-renowned Museum curators. Learn more.

Free for members at the Naturalist level and higher.

Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Access

Fellows members have an opportunity for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Museum's collections. Learn More.

 Free for Fellows members.

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The Collections

The Natural History Museum has over 35 million specimens in its collections, ranging from beautiful gems and bizarre bugs, to ancient artifacts from indigenous peoples and titanic dinosaur bones.

Collections help scientists study and better understand our world offering insight and ample research opportunities.  But they aren't only used by scientists.  Artists, authors, government agencies, students, and others access the NHM's vast collections for information.  The NHM's collection departments include History, Paleontology, Mineralogy, Ichthyology, and many more.

Explore the NHM's Research and Collections Departments