The museum at La Brea Tar Pits remains closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open, and visitors can see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Our museums, including the Natural History Museum’s outdoor spaces, are currently closed.

NHM Closure Announcement:
In an abundance of caution, and to align with county and state COVID-19 health precautions our museums are currently closed. 

Once we are able to open our doors once again, the museum will be implementing a number of measures, including:

  • Timed ticket entry
  • Limiting the number of guests to promote a physically distanced and safe environment
  • Providing physical distance markers in high traffic areas and one-way directional flow
  • Frequent and thorough cleaning of all public spaces including, restrooms, exhibition areas, handrails, and counters
  • Adding plexiglass barriers to all ticketing stations
  • Installing hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum.

All visitors are required to:

  • Stay home if not feeling well
  • Wear a face covering (except children under two years old). Masks with one-way valves are not permitted.
  • Practice 6’ physical distancing 
  • Wash hands often

As an added level of screening, we will be scanning temperatures upon arrival.

Planning Your Visit

Please respect our staff

We look forward to your visit. Please note, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County will not tolerate inappropriate behavior, including, but not limited to, yelling, violence, intimidation, threats, harassment, aggression, swearing, damage, abuse, or sexual harassment. Individuals who are aggressive toward staff or other visitors will be expelled from NHM and escorted off the property.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need assistance with your reservation or have additional questions, please contact our call center at (213) 763-3466 between 9 am–5 pm or email us at


COVID-19 Disclaimer and Waiver

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The state of medical knowledge is evolving, but the virus is believed to spread from person-to-person contact and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects, and in the air. People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. There is no known cure or vaccine for COVID-19. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life-threatening illness and even death.

The safety measures and guidelines listed above are being implemented consistent with current guidance issued by federal, state, and local public health officials.  Although these precautions are being taken, the Natural History Museums cannot prevent any guest from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while visiting the Museum or utilizing its on-premises services. It is not possible to prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, any guest who chooses to enter the Museum or utilize on-premises services may be exposing themselves to and/or increasing the  risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.  As part of the ticketing process, guests will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19.