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Hidden Gem Tour

NHM staff have their favorite Easter eggs hidden throughout the Museum. Get in the know with this tour!

 

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“Secret Face” in Gold Rush Case

“Secret Face”
Level 1, Gem and Mineral Hall
A ghost or pareidolia? Either way this mysterious face seems out of place in this photo in the Gold Rush case.

Bird Hall diorama mini-mockups

Diorama Mini-Mockups
Level 2, Bird Hall
When our staff gets ready to build a new diorama, we use models to get a sense of what it could look like! Get a look behind the scenes of how a Museum gets made with this miniature of our condor diorama from the beginnings of our Bird Hall redesigned in the 1980s.

Meteorite in Gem Hall

Meteorite
Level 1, Gem and Mineral Hall
Find this hidden gem that’s out of this world! In our Mineral Hall is a billion-year-old meteorite that you can touch! (It’s actually 4.56 billion years old!)

Wolves in Bison diorama

Wolves in Bison diorama
Level 1, North American Mammal Hall
Peep around the edges of this diorama to see two wolves waiting for their moment to strike.

Shark Tooth in Pterosaur

Shark Tooth in Pterosaur
Mezzanine Dinosaur Hall
Ouch — that’s gotta hurt! Look closely at this mounted pterosaur and see if you can spot the shark tooth in its neck. We’re not sure how it got there—what do you think?

Prego Plesiosaur

Prego Plesiosaur
Level 1, Dinosaur Hall
Congrats — it’s a baby plesiosaur! This rare fossil provides direct evidence that plesiosaurs gave birth to a single large baby! Take a look and see if you can spot this skeleton within the skeleton.

Nature Lab Drawers

Nature Lab Drawers
Level G, Nature Lab
Peer into L.A. life by pulling out these drawers in our Nature Lab! See specimens of species you can find in your own backyard.

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“Secret Face”
Level 1, Gem and Mineral Hall
A ghost or pareidolia? Either way this mysterious face seems out of place in this photo in the Gold Rush case.

Diorama Mini-Mockups
Level 2, Bird Hall
When our staff gets ready to build a new diorama, we use models to get a sense of what it could look like! Get a look behind the scenes of how a Museum gets made with this miniature of our condor diorama from the beginnings of our Bird Hall redesigned in the 1980s.

Meteorite
Level 1, Gem and Mineral Hall
Find this hidden gem that’s out of this world! In our Mineral Hall is a billion-year-old meteorite that you can touch! (It’s actually 4.56 billion years old!)

Wolves in Bison diorama
Level 1, North American Mammal Hall
Peep around the edges of this diorama to see two wolves waiting for their moment to strike.

Shark Tooth in Pterosaur
Mezzanine Dinosaur Hall
Ouch — that’s gotta hurt! Look closely at this mounted pterosaur and see if you can spot the shark tooth in its neck. We’re not sure how it got there—what do you think?

Prego Plesiosaur
Level 1, Dinosaur Hall
Congrats — it’s a baby plesiosaur! This rare fossil provides direct evidence that plesiosaurs gave birth to a single large baby! Take a look and see if you can spot this skeleton within the skeleton.

Nature Lab Drawers
Level G, Nature Lab
Peer into L.A. life by pulling out these drawers in our Nature Lab! See specimens of species you can find in your own backyard.

All Self-Guided Tours

First Date Tour

Fall in love with NHM

Fears and Phobias Tour

Enough creepy crawlies to give you the chills

L.A. History Tour

Your first place to discover L.A.

Selfie Tour

Get your best shots in these iconic settings

Hollywood Film Buff Tour

Discover original costumes, props and iconic sets

Eat/Drink/Breathe Dinosaurs

More dinosaurs than you can handle

Wild L.A. Tour

Take a walk on nature’s wild side

Hidden Gem Tour

Don’t miss these awesome and surprising treasures