COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Visiting our Museums
We are excited to welcome the community back to both our indoor and outdoor spaces after more than a year of COVID-19 closure at both the Natural History Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. The Hart Museum remains closed at this time.
We are taking a careful, phased approach to reopening, with the safety of our staff, guests, and community our utmost priority.
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 healthy and safety during your visit, the museum is 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
- Providing disposable stylus pens to allow our visitors to safely engage with many of our hands-on experiences at NHM
- 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), see below for more details.
- Practice 6’ physical distancing
- Wash hands often
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 by our staff and guests throughout your visit — except children under the age of two. In accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, face covers 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 its staff Members or its 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.