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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Celebrates 32 Years of Bug Fair
By Sentinel News Service
Published May 11, 2018


WHAT Bug Fair, which began 32 years ago at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) as a humble tribute to the crawly creatures that surround us, has become the biggest bug festival on the West Coast. This two-day festival—and NHMLA’s most popular weekend—features a variety of programming for all ages celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends.


This year, Bug Fair is hosting fifty exhibitors. See everything from exotic insect collections to pet tarantulas, from millipedes to centipedes, from bug-related products, like honey and silk, to bug-inspired artwork and jewelry. Visit the main stage to watch Bug Chefs David George GordonJoseph Yoon, and Aly Moore whip up protein-filled snacks, and explore the Museum’s 3.5-acre Nature Gardens for the chance to go on bug hunts, get crafty, and experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures.


Other highlights include:


  • One-on-one time with NHMLA scientists
  • Musical performances by NHMLA performing artists
  • A chance to visit NHMLA’s seasonal Butterly Pavilion(additonal ticket necessary)


WHEN Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20, 2018; 9:30 am–5 pm


WHERE Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007



TICKETS Admission to Bug Fair is included with General Admission. General Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with valid I.D., and $7 for children (3-12).


Admission to Bug Fair plus Butterfly Pavilion is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and students with valid I.D., and $10 for children (3-12).


Museum Members and children under 2 are free. For tickets and more information, visit NHM.ORG/bugfair.


There is also free General Admission, all the time, for California EBT cardholders with I.D., California teachers with I.D., and active or retired military with I.D.


Groups of 10 or more people receive discounted rates on Museum admission. Group tickets available now by calling 213.763.3218 or by emailing [email protected] for reservations and more.





Tickets to Bug Fair are free for NHMLA members. Members are also allowed early entrance (9 am) to Bug Fair both days. To become a member, visit NHM.ORG/membership.
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NHMLA The Natural History Family of Museums includes NHMLA, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Museum (Newhall, California). The Family of Museums serves more than 1.2 million visitors annually, and it is a national leader in research, exhibitions, and education. NHMLA was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913, and has since amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history—more than 35 million objects. NHMLA is the only natural history museum in the world today that incorporates on- and offsite nature exploration, local wildlife inventories, a slate of community science programs, and active research into a museum paradigm that once focused on the past, but increasingly addresses the present and the future.
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