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Opening Party

Friday, November 17 | 8 pm – midnight
Free Event

Celebrate the opening of Tattoo at the Natural History Musuem. Enjoy an advanced preview of the exhibition, live tattooing demos in the exhibition parlor, access to local artists, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and more! Cash bar and food available.


Advanced on-line reservations are no longer available.
Additional tickets will be released at the door on the night of the program.





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.


November 30, 2017 - Black and Gray: California's Homegrown Style
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
*Exhibition Only (does not include the discussion), Members: FREE 


*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.