Spider Pavilion and Nature Gardens are open. The indoor museum remains closed. Advanced timed-tickets are required. Learn how to visit safely.

Plan Your Visit

We are excited to welcome our community to the outdoor Spider Pavilion and Nature Gardens as the first phase of our reopening after months of COVID-19 closure.

We are taking a careful, phased approach with the safety of our staff, guests and community our utmost priority. We will not be opening our indoor museums until further notice. Join us on a journey that inspires wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds, right here in L.A., and beyond.

For our guests with Spider Pavilion tickets, we recommend arriving at least 45 minutes in advance of your reserved time to allow time to park, redeem your tickets and then enjoy a stroll through our Nature Gardens on the way to the Spider Pavilion. Or arrive even earlier to enjoy lunch from our cafe on the outdoor patio. Guests should plan on checking in at the Spider Pavilion entrance at least 5 minutes prior to their scheduled time, as late arrivals may not be accommodated.

Click here for our full safety guidelines.


Our outdoor spaces are open Thursday–Sunday.

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Advanced timed-tickets are required for Member and non-Member entry to the Spider Pavilion, and are now available online. Your ticket allows you entry through our North entrance, then enjoy a stroll through our Nature Gardens on the way to the Spider Pavilion. Advance parking reservations are required for parking in the NHM Car Park, and can be made when you reserve your Spider Pavilion tickets. 


Member Preview Days
Thursday–Saturday, October 22–24

General Public Opening
Starting Sunday, October 25

Admission Members Non-Members
Spider Pavilion
Parking in NHM Car Park

Advance Tickets Required

For Members and General Public

Timed tickets

Available online

Pre-Paid Parking

FREE for members

Safety Measures & Guidelines

We are pleased to welcome you back into our museum. As part of our commitment to your healthy and safety during your visit, the museum is implementing a number of measures, including:

  • Timed-ticket entry
  • Limiting the number of guests
  • Providing physical distance markers in high traffic areas and one-way directional flow
  • Thorough cleaning of all public spaces
  • Adding plexiglass barriers to all ticketing stations
  • Installing hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum.  

All visitors are required to:

  • Stay home if you are not feeling well
  • Wear a face covering (except children under two years old). Masks with one-way valves are not permitted.
  • Practice 6’ physical distancing 
  • Wash hands often

As an additional level of screening, we may be scanning temperatures upon arrival.

Please respect our staff

We look forward to your visit. Please note, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, including, but not limited to, yelling, violence, intimidation, threats, harassment, aggression, swearing, damage, abuse, or sexual harassment. Individuals who are aggressive toward staff or other visitors will be expelled from NHM and escorted off the property.

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