The Hart museum will remain closed until further notice. The County approved a motion to begin negotiations to transfer ownership of William S. Hart Park and Museum to the City of Santa Clarita. Learn more.

COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Visiting Our Museums

Our indoor and outdoor spaces are open at both the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. The Hart Museum remains closed at this time.

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County no longer requires masks worn at all times indoors and in our outdoor seasonal Pavilions, regardless of vaccination status. In accordance with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we recommend all visitors to continue wearing masks while indoors and ask that individual choices are respected.

We celebrate the diversity of our audiences and are committed to doing so with equity, accessibility, and inclusion in mind.

As part of our ongoing commitment to your health and safety during your visit, the museum will continue to implement a number of measures, including:

  • Thorough cleaning of all public spaces including, restrooms, exhibition areas, handrails, and counters
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the museum.

All visitors are required to:

  • Stay home if not feeling well
  • Wash hands often

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 La Brea Tar Pits 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 it is clear that the virus is believed to spread from through the air, person-to-person contact, and/or by contact with contaminated surfaces and objects. People reportedly can be infected and show no symptoms and therefore spread the disease. 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 Museum of Los Angeles County 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. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles does not warrant or represent that all staff Members or visitors have received the COVID vaccine. 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.