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New Exhibits Open!

L.A. is more wild than you think! Come celebrate the transformation of NHM into an indoor-outdoor Museum!
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From the Ground Up:
Building a Backyard for the City

Citizen Science Manager Lila Higgins is tracking the latest and greatest developments in the Museum’s new outdoor habitat, the Nature Gardens!
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Citizen Science and Cocktails

When researchers and the public work together, it's always a reason to celebrate. Join us at Citizen Science and Cocktails events to hear from researchers about their citizen science projects.
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Want to Visit the Butterflies?

For more information about bringing your class or other group to the Butterfly Pavilion.
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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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There’s the house party, the loft party, the frat party, and the dreaded office party. We’re going with the garden party – and to do it, we’re moving our regular Friday night action outside.

RSVP HERE for free admission to L.A.'s best garden parties!

Unable to RSVP? We will continue to allow limited entry at the door until we hit capacity.


MUSIC! Enjoy the ambient music of KCRW DJ, Anthony Valadez

TOURS! Available at 5:30 pm, *6:30 pm, 7:30 pm:  Awaken your senses on a botanical tour led by our NHM Nature Gardens Staff
*Spanish speaking tour at 6:30 pm
Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis

NATURE MAPPING! Help us map L.A.’s nature by using your smartphone. Stop by our Citizen Science table to learn how you can get involved in local projects.

DRINKS! Sip on a botanical inspired cocktail as you wander through the Nature Gardens.

FOOD! Bring a picnic or grab a bite from one of the food trucks in the North Plaza.

PERFORMANCES! Butterfly stilt performers at 7 pm and 8:30 pm and don’t miss the enchanting Toy Theater show at 8 pm!



BUILD A BIRDHOUSE! As sprawling urban developments take away natural habitats, it’s important we recreate suitable nesting areas for our native bird species. Join NHM staff to build a birdhouse for your own backyard. That way, the next time you’re relaxing on your patio, you can enjoy the antics and songs of your new neighbors!
Supplies are limited. Available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis (timed tickets will be distributed). Limit one per family. Mini-workshops will take place at 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm, and 7:30 pm.

JUICE! It’s more than a trendy L.A. drink – the health benefits are plentiful. Who better to share the health benefits and tips of their favorite recipes than PRESSED Juicery experts and authors of Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing, and Living Well. Come by for a sample and learn more about getting your fruits and veggies in a cup. Books will be available to purchase in the Museum Store.
Samples are limited to a first-come, first-served basis


MINATURE GOURD VESSELS! Gourds are more than just an odd shaped fruit. They can be used for a variety of purposes – one of which is creating beautiful vessels. Join Artist in Residence at the LA County Arboretum, Leigh Adams, as she teaches you how to create a miniature gourd vessel of your own.
Mini-workshops will take place at 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 6:30 pm, 7 pm, and *7:30 pm.
*7:30 pm workshop will be bilingual - offered in English and Spanish
Supplies are limited. Available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis

PAINTING! Don’t have a green thumb? Stop by the painting booth and that can soon be changed. Artist Peter Tigler brings participatory image-making to NHM. Learn the hi-tech method of fingerpaint meets the ancient art of color-by-number!


WORM COMPOSTING! Worm composting cuts down on waste in the garbage can, plus you get the added benefit of producing a nutrient rich compost for your garden and houseplants. And guess what! You can setup a worm bin ANYWHERE, even in an apartment. Urban homesteading experts Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne are here to teach you the benefits and basics of worm composting. They’ll explain what goes in, what doesn’t, and how to maintain it.

Download Summer Nights in the Garden flyer HERE.