Schools & Non-Profits | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Make your event your own!

Best of the West

NHMLA's gem and mineral collection of about 150,000 specimens is the most significant in the country, west of the Smithsonian. See More

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Edible Garden on KCET

The Edible Garden: Breaking Ground with Florence Nishida.
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Add to Your Field Trip Experience

Interested in adding more to your visit? Consider signing up for additional programming, including:

- Dinosaur Hall

- Butterfly Pavillion and Spider Pavilion

- Dinosaur Encounters, Ice Age Encounters, and Encounters, Jr.

- Fossil Detectives and more!

These require advance reservations, so request a visit now, they fill up fast!

First Fridays: Previous Seasons

Over the past decade, First Fridays has introduced adult audiences to a new kind of museum experience.

Explore past First Fridays and see which of your favorite scientists and musicians were here at NHM!


Bring a New Twist to Your Ball!

You can let your imagination run as wild as the animals that reside within our halls! You might decide to display your group’s silent auction against our Dueling Dinos or crown your school’s prom king and queen amidst the jungles of Africa. Either way your gala will be as unique as your organization!  The spaces within the Natural History Museum are some of the most remarkable event locations in Los Angeles whether you are looking for a chandelier-lit room of marble columns or a Mammal Hall in which to dance the night away.

Every non-profit rental includes:

  • Rental of the event space from 4 pm - 12 am, setup and breakdown included (later times available, see below for pricing);
  • All security, housekeeping, operations and event management staffing;
  • All taxes and service charges


The spaces available for special events are the Grand Foyer, the Rotunda, the African Mammal Hall and the North American Mammal Hall. They can be used in any number of ways, depending on your guest count and the elements of your party. For more information about hosting your event at the museum, contact our Special Events Office at (213) 763-3221 or e-mail us at