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Dino Fest

Sept 23 & 24

Two days of all things dinosaur! Join us for Dino Fest and get access to world-renowned paleontologists, a rare look at our colections, and so much more!

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Spider Pavilion

Sept 17 – Nov 26

Discover amazing arachnids in a one-of-a-kind experience.

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The Story of P-22

Now on view

Discover the story of P-22, L.A.'s famous mountain lion that roams the hills of Griffith Park.

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Become a Member, Skip the Lines!

Become a member today to skip the lines and receive free admission and special exhibit tickets all year long!

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Explore Exhibits: Encounter dinosaurs, experience nature, explore our dioramas, marvel at one of the most impressive gem and mineral collections in the world, and discover how Los Angeles came to be. And that’s just the beginning. 

Butterfly Pavilion and Spider Pavilion: Seasonally, you can wander through the changing ecosystem with over 30 species of fluttering butterflies all around you, or witness arachnids up close and personal. 

Nature: Stroll through our extensive Nature Gardens and get hands-on in our Nature Lab. The true stories about plants and animals in Los Angeles will surprise you.

Activities and Programs: Enhance your visit with daily offerings including Gallery Exploration Tours, or discover a new special event.


  Members Adults Seniors Students Child
Museum Admission Free $12 $9 $9 $5
MA + Extreme Mammals Free $22 $19 $19 $15
MA + Spider Pavilion Free $17 $14 $14 $10


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Museum Hours

We are open 9:30 am - 5 pm every day of the year, with four exceptions. We are closed on:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Museum Free Days

First Tuesdays
Receive free Museum admission the first Tuesdays of every month (except July and August) and free Museum admission every Tuesday in September. We recommend reserving tickets in advance to guarantee Museum entry and to skip the line, as we experience high attendance on these days. Get Tickets

We offer free Museum admission daily to:

  • CA EBT cardholders with I.D.
  • CA teachers with I.D.
  • Active or retired military with I.D.
  • Children 2 and under

*Free Museum admission does not include specialty ticketed items.

Address and Phone Number

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

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Parking is available for $12 in the Museum’s Car Park on Bill Robertson Lane off of Exposition Blvd. If the Car Park is full, patrolled lots are also available directly across from the Museum on Bill Robertson Lane for $12 (cash only), as well as in lots throughout Exposition Park. Parking rates and availability may vary during special events in Exposition Park. NHMLA has designated parking during USC games.


USC and Rams Football Games

The Coliseum hosts both USC and the L.A. Rams football games throughout the Fall and Winter season. We recommend planning extra travel time on game days as Expo Park will be busy. For more information on driving, parking, and taking Metro to the Museum on game days, click here


Visiting with a Group

Discounted group rates are available to groups of ten or more with a reservation booked at least 72 hours in advance of your visit. Learn More

NHMLA provides free Museum visits to accredited PreK-12th grade California School Groups. Learn More


Wheelchair Access

All exhibits, with the exception of the Butterfly and Spider Pavilion, are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers. Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be checked out at the South Entrance by leaving a driver's license or other form of valid identification.


Service Animals

In order to provide a secure and healthy environment for our guests, as well as to protect our collections, we can only allow service animals in our Museum.  A service animal is one that is trained to work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. 


Visitor Tips

  • The Museum is a big place! Pick up a Discovery Guide when you arrive that includes a Museum map, so you won’t miss a thing.
  • Bring an extra layer; it can get chilly in some of the Museum’s big galleries.
  • Be prepared: parking lots accept cash only.
  • To protect our collections for all to enjoy, food and drinks may be enjoyed in our outdoor spaces only. Picnickers can enjoy eating in our new, grassy amphitheater, in the gardens or on the outdoor tables located near the scenic Rose Garden in Exposition Park.
  • For the health and safety of all, the Museum and its grounds and gardens are a smoke-free environment.
  • Beat the crowds: Weekday afternoons and Saturday and Sundays before 10:30 am are typically less crowded.
  • Only have an hour? Here’s a cheat sheet on what to take in.


Go Metro

Take the Expo Line right to our door. Trains run daily from 5 am to 12:30 am.  Show your ticket and receive our Metro discount of $1.25 off adult admission. Visit the Metro website for more information.

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