Beginning April 1 at NHM and April 8 at the Tar Pits, we will reopen for our Members, community partners and general public. Advanced tickets are required for entry for NHM and the museum at La Brea Tar Pits, and can be purchased online. The William S. Hart museum will remain closed until further notice.  See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Join Us!

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Get unlimited access to our three museums, special exhibits and more, while supporting our current research and community outreach.

Members are a vital and essential part of our NHMLAC family, and we can’t wait until it is safe to reopen our doors to you. To show our appreciation for our members' continued support, all current memberships will be extended one month for every month we are closed. Members will also be the first visitors welcomed back to our museums with exclusive hours, exhibition access and other special perks.

Not a Member? Join now to get invitations to live-streamed programs with museum scientists, historians and Living Collections staff, be the first to visit NHM and La Brea Tar Pits during Member-Only days, bring family and friends during exclusive Member-Only early morning hours, and get exclusive access to exhibits like the Butterfly Pavilion!

We love getting a first look at the special exhibits. That's definitely worth having a membership!

—NHMLAC Member

Membership Levels

All Members identified on the membership account receive the following benefits for a period of 12 months:

  • Free general admission to the Natural History Museum, La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum
  • Free timed-tickets to Butterfly Pavilion and Spider Pavilion (Reservations required)
  • Invitations to Member-only events, including monthly virtual Members Q&A's
  • Exclusive content connecting you with our scientist and historians
  • Behind-the-scenes access to our collection of over 35 million objects and specimens 
  • 10% discount at the museum cafe and gift stores
  • Free subscription to NHMLAC digital magazine, the Naturalist, and the E-Newsletter
  • Access to our Exclusive Member Portal NHMLAC Insider
  • And more benefits to come upon our full reopening and ability to host in-person events!

Best Value

For more information on becoming a member, please contact our Membership Team at or call 213.763.DINO (3466).