An Evening with House of the Dragon

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(Advance tickets required to attend this event)

Celebrating House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty only on view at NHM

200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, House Targaryen ruled the Seven Kingdoms on the backs of dragons. Spend an evening at NHM as we introduce you to the world of Westeros through a one-of-a-kind experience promoting the new HBO Original series House of the Dragon. Enter the mini exhibit to see original costumes and props from the show, learn the history of High Valyrian, and even get your photo taken on a replica of the new Iron Throne. In addition, view unique natural history collections that reveal the roots of dragon mythology.

Come dressed in your finest attire inspired by the Seven Kingdoms, grab food and a drink at the tavern and see if you have what it takes to dance with dragons. 

This program is in conjunction with House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty, on view at NHM now through September 7. 


  • Location: NHM: Nature Gardens, Ground floor, Nature Lab, and House of the Dragon exhibition.
  • Time: 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Audience: Adults (this program is geared with an adult audience in mind)
  • Attire: Cosplay is highly encouraged for this program. Please Note: No weapons will be permitted as part of costume attire.
  • Parking: Paid parking will be available at the Blue Structure near the California Science Center.
  • Health & Safety: All visitors to the Museum must follow the current Museum COVID-19 safety protocols when on the Museum’s premises.

Program Schedule


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Collection Tables | Ground Level & Nature Gardens | 6–9 pm
View unique collection displays that complement the House of the Dragon exhibit from our Anthropology, Dino Institute, Herpetology, History, La Brea Tar Pits, and Ornithology Collections.


Musical Performances | 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8 pm
Relax in the gardens as the Kadima String Quartet plays Game of Thrones music from composer Ramin Djawadi.

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The Kadima String Quartet’s repertoire is notable for its diversity with a palette ranging from Mozart to Led Zeppelin. The Quartet places an emphasis on their pedagogical role as well as their role as professional musicians structuring their work around the motto “You play, and you pass it on.” The Kadima String Quartet currently sits in residence at the Kadima Conservatory of Music.

Raffle | 7 pm & 8:15 pm
Complete a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a House of the Dragon prize.

Fire Performance | 8:30 pm
Enjoy a special performance that is sure to light up the evening with dragon fire.

Image of Ashley Chimera (a fire performer).

Ashley Chimera is an absolutely electric fire dancer from San Diego who has been dazzling audiences for 8 years. A performer so dedicated to her craft, she literally eats and breathes fire day in and day out. With a unique array of different fire tools, she brings the biggest, boldest, brightest fire show to life before your eyes!


Dragonlore: Connecting Westerosi Wildlife to Research & Collections | 6:45 pm & 7:45 pm
Join Museum Educator and resident bard, Val Hatcher, as she regales audiences with the lore of creatures from the world of Westeros.

Val Hatcher

Val Hatcher (she/her) is a Museum Educator at NHMLA and the La Brea Tar Pits. A California native, she studied theater and professional writing. Museum education, for her, is about authenticity, storytelling, and unraveling misconceptions. She lives in Los Angeles.

Animal Meet & Greets | Nature Gardens and Nature Lab | 6–9 pm
Meet a live animal from the Museum’s Living Collections.

Roaming Juggler | Nature Gardens | 7–8 pm
Keep a lookout for a roaming juggler as you enjoy your stroll through the Nature Gardens.


Stamped Muslin Banners | Bird Viewing Platform | 6–8 pm (while supplies last)
Create your own house banner with customized sigil stamps from our friends at Maker’s Mess.

Image of a sample House Banner activity (features a rabbit and stars)

Makers Mess is an art studio and creative agency located in Los Angeles, CA, offering art and design classes for companies, adults, and children. We can bring our signature art classes & crafting experiences to any event that needs some curated creativity. Makers Mess was founded in 2015 with the vision of providing opportunities for people to practice creativity and join a community of like-minded people.

Scavenger Hunt | Welcome Table | 6–8 pm
Complete a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a House of the Dragon prize. The raffle will take place on the stage at 7 pm and 8:15 pm.

Photo Ops With Extinct Mammals | Get Dirty Zone | 6–9 pm
Visit the La Brea Tar Pits collections table and learn how you can get your picture taken with Ice Age animals.


Tavern | Nature Gardens (near Stage) | 6–9 pm
Relax and enjoy beer, wine, or the evening’s specialty cocktail, “Dragon Fire”.

Food Trucks | Nature Gardens (near Pond) | 6–9 pm