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Dinosaur Encounters

Thursdays and Fridays: 10:30 am, 11:30 am
Saturdays: 11:30 am, 1 pm
No shows: March 8, 9, 14, and 23
Only 11:30 am shows: March 15 and 22

Dakota and Hunter, the juvenile Triceratops and T. rex puppets!
Dinosaur Encounters is a live performance that features life-sized juvenile dinosaur puppets!

General Info

Thursdays and Fridays: 10:30 am, 11:30 am*
Saturdays: 11:30 am, 1 pm*
*Schedule subject to change. Check back here for updates.
No shows: March 8, 9, 14, and 23
Only 11:30 am shows: March 15 and 22

Have a dinosaur encounter with our engaging and fun live performance featuring NHM's life-size dinosaur puppets. Our large-scale, realistic T. rex and Triceratops puppets capture the imaginations of audiences in performances each week. Each show explores a different theme. Thanks to the expertise of NHM's paleontologists and puppeteers, you can experience how these prehistoric animals lived. 
 

Dakota and Sauropod

Marionette and full-suit dinosaur puppets!

Dakota meets a dragonfly

Dakota gets lost following a playful dragonfly.

Dakota as a Shadow Puppet

The show begins with a magic shadow puppetry performance that foreshadows the live-action drama.

Dakota on the rock

Dakota calling for her family

Dakota and Hunter on stage

Dakota and Hunter meet!

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Marionette and full-suit dinosaur puppets!

Dakota gets lost following a playful dragonfly.

The show begins with a magic shadow puppetry performance that foreshadows the live-action drama.

Dakota calling for her family

Dakota and Hunter meet!

Dinosaur Encounters is family friendly, and each presentation is around 15 minutes long. The show is general admission, standing room only. ADA Accommodations Available. Please inquire with an associate upon arrival.

Meet our Dinosaurs

"HUNTER" THE T. REX 
Hunter is a life-like full-body puppet based on the juvenile specimen in the T. rex growth series on view in the our Dinosaur Hall.

Covering Hunter are “proto-feathers.”  Dinosaurs and birds share a common ancestor, and it has been hypothesized that a juvenile T. rex may have had downy feathers to keep warm. As an apex predator, Hunter is always on the lookout for a good meal.

"DAKOTA" THE TRICERATOPS
Dakota is a realistic large-scale puppet of a juvenile Triceratops specimen.  She is named after the great state of South Dakota where Triceratops is the state fossil.  

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 Sensory-Friendly Show

Our sensory-friendly Dinosaur Encounters 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 is sponsored by Superior Grocers.

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Dinosaur Encounters is also made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.