The Hart museum will remain closed until further notice. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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.

Per Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, we are still requiring masks be worn at all times in all of our indoor spaces and outdoor Butterfly and Spider Pavilions. This applies to ALL guests over the ages two and above, regardless of vaccination status. We appreciate your help in protecting our community members who are not yet able to receive the vaccination.

In accordance with the L.A. City Municipal Code Ordinance all eligible patrons (currently 12+) are required to show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours. Full vaccination is 14+ days after receiving a one-dose vaccine or 14+ days after receiving both doses of a two-dose vaccine. Visitors 18+ must also show a valid photo ID. Children 11 and under are currently exempt from this mandate.

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

As part of our commitment to your health and safety during your visit, the museum is implementing 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:

  • Wear face coverings indoors and in the Butterfly or Spider Pavilion.
  • All eligible patrons are required to show proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test performed within 72 hours.
  • Stay home if not feeling well
  • Wash hands often

Face Coverings
Face coverings with two or more layers of washable, tightly woven, breathable fabric — or two layers with a pocket and a filter — must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times when indoors throughout your visit — except children under the age of two. Visitors and staff are required to wear face coverings indoors and in the Butterfly Pavilion. In accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, face coverings or respirators with one way valves, single-layer face coverings such as mesh masks, bandanas, neck gaiters and scarves, or any cloth not designed to function as a face cover, such as t-shirts or towels, are not permitted forms of face coverings. Each of these allow droplets to be expelled, putting others at risk. Those who have received both doses of the vaccine are still required to wear a face covering when visiting the indoor areas of the museums. Those instructed not to wear a cloth face covering by a medical provider are invited to visit the museum at another time when it is deemed safe to do so and are welcome to experience a number of virtual tours, for NHM and Tar Pits.

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 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.