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Performing Arts

NHM's Performing Arts program helps bring science to life through theater arts. Its creative team runs the popular Dinosaur Encounters and Ice Age Encounters performances, in which realistic, large-scale T. rex, Triceratops, and Saber-toothed Cat puppets capture the imagination of audiences every week. Performing Arts members also engage visitors in special performances such as shadow puppetry and aerial dance to highlight Museum exhibits and events.



BIRDER, a Play Reading

Sunday, April 6, 7pm

Center Theatre Group and the 
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

present a reading of


A new play by Julie Marie Myatt

Directed by Dan Bonnell

It’s house finch vs. accountant, Carpodacus mexicanus vs. homo sapiens in this new comedy by Los Angeles playwright Julie Marie Myatt. Accountant Roger comes eye-to-eye with a house finch nesting outside his Los Feliz home, and suddenly he finds himself forced to question his most basic assumptions about what it means to  be a successful father, husband and breadwinner.  A play about birds, silence and finding both terror and solace in Los Angeles’ unique urban ecology. 

This is a FREE event 


Tales Along the Silk Road Storytelling

Saturdays, January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 12

11 am and 1 pm

Come take a journey through the Silk Road through the ancient tradition of Storytelling. During this interactive storytelling performance with live musical accompaniment, we will experience a popular means of sharing knowledge and information for cultures during the time of the Silk Road.

Location: Traveling the Silk Road exhibition

Silk Road Panoramic Shadow Puppetry Show

Saturdays, January 18, February 15, March 15, and April 13

11:30 am and 2:30 pm

Come see the enchanting and ancient art of Shadow Puppetry in this live performance featuring the myths and tales from the Silk Road. Using a Panoramic screen, the story will take place in the round creating a captivating experience of visual spectacle.

Location: Traveling the Silk Road exhibition


Saturdays and Sundays, check the Calendar for current performance times*

Watch as dinosaurs come to life! Our realistic T. rex and Triceratops large-scale puppets capture the imaginations of audiences in performances each week. Thanks to the expertise of NHM's paleontologists and puppeteers, you can experience how these prehistoric animals lived. Our team of performance artists will guide you back in time to better understand dinosaur anatomy, possible behavior, and movement. 

Learn more about Dinosaur Encounters here

*Thursday performances from March 6 through May 29


Saturday, March 15, 12:30 pm and 2 pm

Enjoy musical performances by members of the UCLA Near East Ensemble.