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.

Get Dirty Zone

Dig in compost or get creative with stumps and branches in this hands-on zone.

Girl jumps from one tree stump to another

The soil beneath our feet is full of life and you can literally play in it here. Dig in the bins to see creatures that turn plants into compost, build with natural materials, and play hide and seek in a giant willow house.

Girl and boy play with dirt in the Nature Gardens compost bins

Playing with compost in the bins.

A worm in a child's hands from the Get Dirty Zone's compost bins

A hidden treat.

View of the Get Dirty Zone at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Compost bins, willow house, and nature build area.

Boys run out of a house made of willow branches

Exploring a house made of willow branches.

Young girl inside the willow house

Inside the willow house.

1 of 1

Playing with compost in the bins.

A hidden treat.

Compost bins, willow house, and nature build area.

Exploring a house made of willow branches.

Inside the willow house.

Things to see and do:
 

  • Hunt for earthworms and pillbugs in the compost bins.
  • Make your own fort out of loose leaves and branches.
  • Test your balance on our tree stumps.