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Green Diamonds

Dec 9, 2017 - April 1, 2018

Some of the world's rarest colorful diamonds are stopping in Los Angeles for a limited time.

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On View

There are only two fossil specimens of Augustynolophus in the world, and both are here at NHMLA. Visitors to the Museum can discover this duck-billed celebrity  in the Dinosaur Hall.

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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 $15 $12 $12 $7
MA + Tattoo Free $25 $22 $22 $12
MA + Tattoo Online Discount Free $23 $20 $20 $11

Your visit allows us to serve our community with inspiring education programs, groundbreaking scientific research, and the exhibition, study, and care of our collections.

*Buy your tickets online for Tattoo and save $2 off adults, senior and students and $1 off child tickets.

**L.A. County residents receive the same discount at the door Monday - Friday with a valid ID

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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 and Hours

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.

Free hours for L.A. County residents
L.A. County residents receive free Museum Admission Monday – Friday from 3-5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit.

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 Natural History Museum’s Car Park on Exposition Blvd. and Bill Robertson Lane. There is limited parking available, including a limited amount of ADA spots available for Guests with visible ADA placards. Due to constructions Exposition Park Lot 2 and Lot 3 are closed.

If the Car Park is full, additional parking is available at the Expo Park Parking Structure also for $12. From this lot just follow the signage and the directions of our friendly Guest Relations staff members for your short walk to the Museum. Entrances for the Expo Park Parking Structure are off of Martin Luther King Blvd. or Figueroa Blvd and 39th, more information.


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 $2 off adult admission. Visit the Metro website for more information.

Los Angeles CA Metro Public Transportation