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Exhibition Special Events


Celebrate the history, culture, art, and science of tattoo on Sundays at the Museum. Participate in art-making workshops, see live tattoo demonstrations and lectures, and explore the special exhibition Tattoo, plus much more. Workshops and lectures are free with general Museum admission. 

Sunday, January 7, 2018 

•    LECTURE: Ancient Ink: The Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Tattooing with world traveler and anthropologist Dr. Lars Krutak, The Tattoo Hunter | 3 PM, click here for more details. 
•    WORKSHOP: Henna workshops with LA Henna| 11 AM & 2 PM (Limited capacity, tickets available on a first come, first served basis day of at the NHMLA Foyer Welcome Table)
•    ART ACTIVITIES: Get creative with free art making in the NHMLA Foyer | 10 AM-3 PM 

Stay tuned for upcoming Tattoo Weekends! 




The art of marking skin with ink spans cultures, continents, and has evolved over time. We find ourselves with a mysterious fascination for both ancient and modern tattoo practices. Spend your Thursday evenings at NHMLA as we explore stories of identity and culture, from historical to contemporary, and the imprint of the art of tattoo.


March 29, 2018 - Returning to Grandmother's Beauty: The Indigenous Women's Journey of Tattoo
April 12, 2018: Women's Ink: A Discussion by and about Women Tattooists 


6 pm Doors open
7 pm Discussion
8 pm Explore Tattoo
9 pm Evening concludes


Exhibition + Lecture: Members $10, Nonmembers: $12

*If you're unable to make it to the discussion but want to see the Tattoo exhibition after hours Members can see the exhibition only for FREE with reservation and Non-members can still enjoy the exhibition with their ticket purchase above. 

Learn more about the Tattoo Lecture Series







Exhibit Highlights


Discover the vast legacy of tattoos from around the world to right here in Southern California.


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Share Your Tattoo Story


Explore what body art means to our community. Tattoo isn't our story to tell, it's yours.

Share yours #tattooNHMLA


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Tattoo Parlor


Watch tattoo artists from around L.A. working in the exhibition on the select days.


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This exhibition was developed and produced by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris.