Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Celebrates 33 Years of Bug Fair

Please credit: Courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Bug Fair, which began 33 years ago at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) 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 NHM’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 variety of 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 hip 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 NHM scientists
  • Performances by NHM performing artists
  • A chance to visit NHM’s seasonal Butterly Pavilion (additonal ticket necessary)
WHENSaturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019
9:30 am–5 pm 
WHERENatural History Museum of Los Angeles County900 Exhibition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 
TICKETSAdmission to Bug Fair is included with General Admission. Learn more and purchase tickets here:NHM.ORG/bugfair

Additional tickets are required for the Butterfly Pavilion. Learn more and purchase tickets here:NHM.ORG/butterflies
Museum Members and children under 2 are free. 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 for reservations and more.  

MEMBERS  Tickets to Bug Fair are free for NHM members. Members are also allowed early entrance (9 am) to Bug Fair on both days. To become a member, visit NHM.ORG/membership. 


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