Junior Scientist | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

What will you discover as a Junior Scientist?

Butterfly Pavilion

Mar 19 – Sept 4, 2017

Step into our butterfly wonderland to witness over 30 species flying all around you.

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Extreme Mammals

May 14 - Sept 10
Think you know mammals? Think again!

Discover the bizarre, amazing, and extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals.

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Junior Scientist

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It's time to become a Junior Scientist!

Join us each month to experience NHMLA as a scientist does! Feel what it’s like to do real scientific work by using the same tools and techniques as our own Museum researchers.

Packed with activities, demonstrations, and an up-close look at some cool (and sometimes creepy crawly) highlights from our collection, each month is a crash course in one of the many fields of science explored at the Museum. By asking questions, making observations, and using your own customized Junior Scientist Field Notebook, you’ll make science-based discoveries about topics ranging from the biggest dinosaurs to the smallest insects.

Junior Scientist is specially designed for 6- to 9-year-olds and their families. All programs are FREE with paid Museum admission or Membership and include a personal Field Notebook to take home. No reservations are required; check in at the Dueling Dinosaurs in the Museum’s foyer on the day of for a free entry ticket.



See you next season! Junior Scientist will be on a break for the summer, and will be back in September of 2017.


Saturday, March 25, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Making a Museum
Have you ever wondered it takes to create your own museum? In this edition of Junior Scientist, we will explore how collections at the Natural History Museum connect us to our natural and cultural worlds. Junior Scientists will study NHMLA’s exhibits and collections and draw inspiration to create their own museum!


Saturday, February 25, 2017: 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Glorious Gastropods!
What group of animals thrives both in the sea and on land? Find out at this month’s Junior Scientist! We’ll step into the shoes of a malacologist to meet some of the slimiest residents of Los Angeles—and beyond!

For more information, please contact us at 213.763.3499 or educate@nhm.org