L.A. Science Weekend: Natural History and Space - May 10, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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L.A. Science Weekend: Natural History and Space

from $980 USD per person for 3 days, 2 nights
  • Max Group Size: 60
  • Easy
  • Urban Exploration

Accompanied by New York Times journalists and scientific experts, this two-track program includes talks, expert-hosted site visits, and special access to everything from telescopes and taxidermy to dinosaur skeletons and space artifacts. We'll meet lab specialists, particle physicists, science illustrators, dinosaur researchers, and urban astronomers and visit the Natural History Museum after hours for a happy hour with special visits to the Dino Lab. Reporters and experts will walk us through the current challenges and triumphs of their fields as we break into smaller groups and explore the vibrant scientific world of Los Angeles.

  • After-Hours museum soireé
  • Meet New York Times journalists
  • Workshops and excursions


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

The weekend’s activities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 10 with a welcome reception at the LINE Hotel, and wrap up at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. Participants coming by air should plan to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, and to depart LAX any time after 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. For assistance with travel arrangements, please email us at trips@atlasobscura.com or call us at (646) 961-4857.

Activity Level

This tour is minimally active; travelers should feel comfortable walking 1 to 2 miles over the course of each day and remaining on their feet for long periods of time. Some activities involve walking on uneven ground, and up and down steps.


For those coming from out of town, please note that hotel accommodations are not included in the price of the Science Weekend. We recommend staying at the LINE Hotel in Downtown LA, which will serve as the venue and meeting point for many of the weekend’s activities. Participants in the Science Weekend will be given a special, private rate not available to the public. A private booking link will be provided in your deposit confirmation message.

Daily Schedule

Our days will be spent exploring the scientific side of Los Angeles. Every day has built in breaks between activities for you to relax or explore, in between excursions, workshops, and activities. 

Dates and Prices

May 10–12, 2019
Trip Price
$980 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $980. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $480 will be due by March 26. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including a welcome evening, a breakfast roundtable with a New York Times Journalist, daily workshops and excursions, an after-hours museum soirée, and a send-off presentation by Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham.
  • Opening reception, welcome dinner, breakfast roundtable, and a happy hour at the museum.
  • Transportation between the hotel and event/workshop/excursion venues.
  • Opportunities to meet and mingle with various NYT journalists and experts, as well as scientific researchers, communicators, and illustrators.
  • Recommendations for science-themed activities and sites to check out on your own before or after the Science Weekend, curated by Atlas Obscura and The New York Times.
  • One breakfast, daily lunches, and Saturday’s dinner (though light appetizers and an open bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks will be provided). 
  • Accommodation in Los Angeles; guests can book directly using a group discount code at the LINE Hotel, which serves as a central program venue (further details below).
  • Flights or other transportation to and from Los Angeles, California.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).

Trip FAQ

Yes! Times journalists will be accompanying each of our small group excursions and all of our group meals. You'll have a chance to ask questions and get up-close insight to their journalistic process.