Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Dinosaur Encounters

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays; check calendar for times
Dinosaur Encounters Show Triceratops Puppet


Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays; check calendar for times

ico / location Created with Sketch.


Natural History Museum
noun_Ticket_1703326_000000 Created with Sketch.


Free with paid museum admission

Get close to a living, breathing dinosaur!

Fun, educational, and interactive, Dinosaur Encounters features NHM's life-size dinosaur puppets. Each presenter focuses on a different topic, including theories on dinosaur behavior, extinction, adaptation, and the relationship between birds and dinosaurs. Please note these are not small hand puppets. The museum's puppets are very large, realistic interpretations of wild animals. Please prepare small children accordingly. Dinosaur Encounters is family friendly, and each presentation is about 20 minutes long.

We also have a special Sensory Friendly Dinosaur Encounters show on the first Saturday of every month. Our Sensory Friendly performance provides a warm welcome to guests who need a little less stimulating environment and the opportunity to move around during the show. 

Dinosaur Encounters takes place at the North American Mammal Hall, Level 2. 

Learn more about our Live Theater shows.


Image of dinosaur puppet with museum visitors
guests taking selfie with dinosaur encounters puppet grand foyer
Triceratops at NHM Dinosaur Encounters Live Theater Show

1 of 1

Related Exhibitions

African and North American Diorama Halls

Breathtakingly realistic scenes of wild animals in their habitats.

Learn more about African and North American Diorama Halls