Jurassic Soireé at the Natural History Museum - Atlas Obscura

Los Angeles, California

Jurassic Soireé at the Natural History Museum

Dinosaurs, gemstones, and a behind-the-scenes, after-hours adventure with Atlas Obscura and the New York Times.

Join us for a festive evening of prehistoric exploration at a private, after-hours soireé in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. 

Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a display of touchable dinosaur casts, followed by welcome remarks and refreshments in the Grand Foyer. Throughout the evening you can explore the Dinosaur Hall and the Gem and Mineral Hall alongside New York Times journalists, scientists, and L.A. Obscura Society Members.

Later in the evening, you'll have the unique opportunity to accompany a Natural History Museum scientist for a private tour of the Dinosaur Institute’s Dino Lab. During this guided walk-through, you’ll see real dinosaur fossils, learn about conservation practices, and meet the experts who research and preserve the museum’s extensive collection. Afterward, head back upstairs to rub elbows with local experts and enthusiasts over beer, wine, and light appetizers. You might even swap notes on your newfound knowledge and scientific insights with one of the New York Times journalists!

Anything is possible on a Jurassic soireé. 


Kenneth Chang is a Science reporter for The New York Times. With a background in physics, he specializes in writing about NASA and the physical sciences. His articles have covered the mysteries of ghostly elementary particles known as neutrinos, the discovery of a planet with the puffiness of cork around a distant star, and how the American Museum of Natural History in New York demoted Pluto years before the rest of the world.

Cornelia Dean is a lecturer at Brown University and a science writer and former science editor of The New York Times. In her editing tenure in the paper’s science department, members of its staff won every major journalism prize as well as the Lasker Award for public service. She is at work on her fourth book, this one about coastal land use in an era of rising seas.

Anahad O’Connor, who joined The New York Times in 2003, covers consumer health, medicine, science and other topics. A graduate of Yale with a degree in psychology and a focus on neuroscience and child studies, he is the author of four books, including the best-selling “Never Shower in a Thunderstorm.” 

John Schwartz is a reporter at The New York Times who writes about climate change. In his career at The Times, he has also covered the space program, a beat that took him to a half dozen shuttle launches and two zero-gravity flights, and to Space City in Russia, where cosmonauts and astronauts train together to fly to the International Space Station.

The soireé is part of the three-day L.A. Science Weekend with Atlas Obscura and the New York Times. Interested in joining us for a full weekend of science excursions focused on space, aviation and natural history? L.A. locals receive a special 10% discount off the three-day weekend price if you book using code LA-LOCAL.


  • Doors open at 6:30 pm, and Dino Lab tours will be scheduled in 20-minute increments starting at 6:40.
  • Tour slots are available on a first-come first-served basis and you will sign up for a tour time upon arrival at the museum.
  • Parking details will be sent in a follow up email. Alternatively, consider public transportation or take an Uber/Lyft.


Email Carlyle Coash at carlyle.coash@atlasobscura.com.

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