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Natural History Museum - Event Space Overview

Opened in 1913, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located in Downtown Los Angeles within Exposition Park. This museum is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States in addition to operating as a research and educational institution. It’s architectural style is described as Beaux Arts, Neoclassical, Romanesque, and Spanish Lateresque. The interior of the property has been widely used for filming, including for TV shows such as “Bones,” “Scandal,” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

As one of L.A.'s oldest museums, NHM has over 100 years of experience in making a moment last forever, all the while inspiring a sense of wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. With two distinct museum venues to choose from - the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park or the Museum at La Brea Tar Pits on Miracle Mile - these venues are sure to provide beautiful and unique settings for your special event.

Whether you’re looking to dance among the Dueling Dinosaurs, dine on the Western Plains or the African Savanna, sip a cocktail in the luscious gardens, or enjoy memorable moments with mammoths and mastodons, events here allow you to step into the past for an evening of unforgettable immersion.

Both locations offer a vast array of one-of-a-kind event spaces to accommodate your needs in comfort and style. From weddings and elopements to mitzvahs, quinceaneras, corporate and nonprofit dinners and galas, screenings, holiday parties, and more, these majestic venues offer the perfect spaces for a variety of occasions.

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are happy to welcome outside vendors to serve your event. Tables and chairs are provided by the venue to accommodate up to 200 to 250 guests for your event (Natural History Museum location only). Professional event staff are on-hand to provide setup and cleanup and to assist in facilitating a flawless experience. Complimentary parking is provided for you and your guests for the duration of your event at both locations.

Host your very own night at the museum for a naturally wonderful experience you won’t soon forget!

What we Love about Natural History MuseumThe NHM offers some great event spaces unique amongst the Los Angeles market. For those who love science or natural history, the opportunity to experience the museum with a private group is an amazing opportunity! As a caterer we love the proximity of themed indoor and outdoor spaces, which can create a storyboard that takes guests through an interesting journey.
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900 Exposition Blvd.
Downtown LA, CA 90007

Phone: 213-763-3221

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Natural History Museum Photo Gallery

Dino Themed Table Assignment Cards
Buffet Setup by Mountain Goat Exhibit
Reception at NHM
Dining with Dinosaurs in Grand Foyer
Nature Gardens at Natural History Museum
Otis Booth Pavilion Interior
Otis Booth Pavilion
African Mammal Hall
Rotunda at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Rooms/ Event Spaces

Rotunda

Rotunda
Seated Capacity: 120
Standing Capacity: 250

Lined with marble columns and crowned by a stained glass dome, the room is also the home of the very first piece of public art funded by Los Angeles County: a Beaux-Arts statue entitled Three Muses," which represents the disciplines of Art, History, and Science. The Rotunda is the perfect space for wedding ceremonies and any kind of private or corporate reception. With glass doors that look out over Exposition Park, it is the ideal space to be used in conjunction with the Exposition Rose Garden.

Otis Booth Pavilion

Otis Booth Pavilion

This modern glass-enclosed pavilion opened in June 2013 in conjunction with out Grand Centennial Celebration. An amazing location for a ceremony or cocktails, this area will wow yours guests as they enter the museum underneath our iconic fin whale.

North and East Nature Gardens

North and East Nature Gardens

This earthen location delivers tranquility! A ceremony upon one of two viewing docks along the pond or among shaded serenity of the bird viewing platform will be hard for any nature-lover to resist. This area offers winding paths through vine covered arbors, vegetable plants, fruit trees, flowering bushes and trees. Use this conjunction with our Rotunda or Otis Booth Pavilion for a truly unforgettable experience!

North American Mammal Hall

North American Mammal Hall
Seated Capacity: 300
Standing Capacity: 500

A herd of bison outlines against a blue Midwestern sky forms the dominant tableau in the North American Mammal Hall. Slightly larger than the African Mammal Hall, the room has an expansive feel to it, appropriate to its namesake. Used for receptions, lectures or dinners, and in conjunction with the African Mammal Hall and the Grand Foyer, the North American Mammal Hall offers inspiring possibilities.

Grand Foyer

Grand Foyer
Seated Capacity: 100
Standing Capacity: 250

Complete skeletons of Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops - the "Dueling Dinosaurs" - command the center of the Museum's Grand Foyer. Dramatic architectural details include 40-foot celings, twin half-domes, marble columns, and travertine floors. Gala exhibition openings at the Museum are typically held here, with buffet-style entertaining. The Grand Foyer is the ultimate setting for cocktail receptions, corporate events, and celebrations.

African Mammal Hall

African Mammal Hall
Seated Capacity: 280
Standing Capacity: 500

World-famous and much-beloved, the African Mammal Hall's dioramas display white elephants, water buffalo, and giraffe in their natural environments. The hall features a cork floor that provides the perfect surface for dancing. Create your next adventure in the African Mammal!

Natural History Museum - Facility Rental DetailsPrice Range and ElementsRental fee is a flat rate for use of up to 3 spaces and up to 250 guests. Events requiring higher guest capacities or the use of additional rooms are charged additional fees. All taxes and service charges are included in rental fee. Included/ Available With Rental
  • Six event spaces to choose from: Otis Booth Pavilion, Haaga Family Rotunda, Grand Foyer, Samuel Oschin Family Hall of African Mammals, North American Mammal Hall, and Easter and North Gardens.
  • Late night availability until 2am for an additional hourly fee.
  • Natural History Museum provides 350 natural brown padded folding chairs, 25 60" tables, 4 72" tables, 8 standing cocktail tables, 4 seated cocktail tables, 10 8ft banquet tables, and 10 6ft banquet tables.
  • One year VIP Fellows-Level Membership to the Natural History Museum, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Hart Ranch and Museum.
  • Use of "non-event" galleries for photography.
  • 200 parking spaces in secured lot.
  • All security, housekeeping, operations, and event management staffing.
  • Restrictions/ Rules to Keep in Mind
  • Client may bring their own alcohol but a licensed bartender/caterer is required to pour and serve.
  • Flame candles are prohibited, however, LED candles are acceptable.
  • Cut flowers and plants are permitted, however, live or plotted plants are not allowed-absolutely no soil may be brought onto the premises.
  • Also prohibited: live animals, helium balloons, confetti, and smoke/fog machines. Nothing can be hung on the walls, cases, or outside the museum, everything must be free standing.
  • Set up inside the venue may begin no earlier than 4pm. The museum is open to the public until 5pm 7 days a week - No event may begin before 6pm.
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