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Become a member today to skip the lines and receive free admission and special exhibit tickets all year long!

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New Exhibit Now Open!

Become a member today, and receive free tickets to Grandes Maestros: Great Masters of Iberoamerican Folk Art, Collection of Fomento Cultural Banamex!

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Go Metro and Save $1.25 on Adult Admission!

Show your valid Metro pass or Metro Rail ticket at the box office and get $1.25 off adult admission. There are two NHM-convenient stops on the Metro Expo Line: the Expo/Vermont station or Expo Park/USC station.

(Hints: The Expo/Vermont station brings you by our Dueling Dinos statue. The pretty, short walk from Expo Park/USC is adjacent to the Rose Garden and NHM's renovated 1913 Building.)

Natural History Family of Museums

We Have a Family of Three!

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (Exposition Park)

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Mid-Wilshire)
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William S. Hart Museum (Newhall)
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First Fridays: Get Hip to Science

Thanks for making the 2015 First Fridays season a success! We hope to see you back next year for the nerdiest, coolest event in L.A.

Miss an event? Catch up on the 2015 season HERE!


Address and Phone Number

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

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Museum Hours

We are open seven days a week, 9:30 am - 5 pm, all year, except for the following holidays. 

Please note on December 17 the Museum will close at 4:30 pm. 

We are closed:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)


General Admission Tickets

Members FREE
Children 2 and under FREE
California Teachers* FREE
Children 3-12 $5.00
Youth 13-17 $9.00
College Students w/ ID $9.00
Seniors 62+ $9.00
Adults $12.00

*Grades Pre K – 12 with valid school ID or paystub

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Butterfly and Spider Pavilion Combo Tickets

Our seasonal Butterfly Pavilion (mid-April through Labor Day) and Spider Pavilion (mid-September through early November) are very popular! To ensure the best guest experience for all, every visit to the Butterfly or Spider Pavilion requires a timed-ticket for an additional fee, which is available only when purchased with a general admission Museum ticket or membership. To guarantee your spot, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance here.

Members are admitted for free and can reserve tickets online. Patron Family level members and higher can pick up a free Monarch Pass when they arrive, which allows anytime access to the Pavilion. Timed-tickets will also be available to all at any ticketing desk at the Museum on a first-come, first-served basis. The Pavilion is an outdoor special exhibit. As such, it is subject to closure at any time due to inclement weather. Weather permitting; the Butterfly Pavilion is open daily from 10 am-5 pm.


Members FREE with a timed ticket
Children 2 and under FREE with a timed ticket
Children 3-12 $8.00
Youth 13-17 $14.00
College Students w/ ID $14.00
Seniors 62+ $14.00
Adults $17.00

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Daily Tours

Every day we offer our award-winning Gallery Exploration Tours. Gallery Interpreters focus on a range of topics, from paleontology to gems to our new Nature Gardens. Check the calendar for tour times.

Visiting with a Group

Discounted group rates are available to groups of ten or more with a reservation booked at least 72 hours in advance of your visit.
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Who gets to visit for free?

  • Museum Members, School Visits, California teachers with ID, and active military.
  • USC students, except on USC game days. Must present a photo ID.
  • First Fridays are FREE for Museum Members. Admission to First Fridays is the same as regular admission.
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  • California teachers receive free General Admission with a current school ID or pay-stub

Free Admission Days

Most months we offer free admission on the first Tuesday, except In July and August, so that we can avoid overcrowding and maintain a quality visitor experience. In their place, we have expanded the program in the month of September, and now offer 14 Free Tuesdays a year.

Future dates are:

  • January 6, 2015
  • February 3, 2015
  • March 3, 2015
  • April 7, 2015
  • May 5, 2015
  • June 2, 2015
  • September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015
  • October 6, 2015
  • November 3, 2015
  • December 1, 2015


The Natural History Museum is located in Exposition Park at 900 Exposition Boulevard between Vermont Avenue and Figueroa Street.

From the Westside
10 East, exit Vermont Ave., turn right. Left onto Exposition Blvd. Right on Bill Robertson Lane.  Parking and the Museum entrance are on the left.

From the South
110 North, exit Exposition Blvd. and turn left. Left on Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave.). Parking and the Museum entrance are on the left.

From Pasadena, Downtown
110 South, exit Exposition Blvd., and veer right at the offramp to stay on Exposition. Left on Bill Robertson Lane (formerly Menlo Ave.). Parking and the Museum entrance are on the left.

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Parking is available for $10 in the Museum’s Car Park on Exposition Blvd. and Bill Robertson Lane. If the Car Park is full, patrolled lots are also available directly across from the Museum on Bill Robertson Lane for $10 (cash only), as well as in lots throughout Exposition Park. Parking rates and availability may vary during special events in Exposition Park. NHM has designated parking during USC games.


Wheelchair Access

All exhibits, with the exception of the Butterfly and Spider Pavilion, are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be checked out at the South Entrance by leaving a driver's license or other form of valid identification.

Beat the Crowds!

The Natural History Museum is most crowded on weekends, holidays, school breaks, and during the summer.

  • Weekday mornings (especially Wednesday-Friday) in April, May, and June are also very busy with school field trips. These groups are at NHM typically until 1:30 pm.
  • If you visit on a Saturday or Sunday, you can beat the crowds by coming earlier (before 10:30 am).

Visitor Tips

  • Bring an extra layer; It can get chilly in some of the Museum’s big galleries.
  • Be prepared: parking lots accept cash only.
  • To protect our collections for all to enjoy, food and drinks may be enjoyed in our outdoor spaces only. Picnickers can enjoy eating in our new, grassy amphitheater, in the gardens or on the outdoor tables located near the scenic Rose Garden in Exposition Park.
  • For the health and safety of all, the Museum and its grounds and gardens are a smoke-free environment.
  • The Museum is a big place! Pick up a Discovery Guide when you arrive, and you’ll be able to find the exhibits that appeal to you and your family most.
  • Only have an hour? Here’s a cheat sheet on what to take in.


Now Open

The Expo Rail Line is open now, running daily from 5 am to 12:30 am and will provide service between the 7th/Metro station downtown and La Cienega/Jefferson Blvds. The line has now expanded to Culver City. Visit the Metro website for more information.