Iconic Spanish Architect Brings Offbeat Interactive Sculpture to La Brea Tar Pits

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Photo credit Amanda Hale De Jesus

The  866-square-foot work is a "flexible, multi-purpose social space in which to enjoy public programs and events focusing on the intersection of art, design, science, and nature," according to press release from NHMLAC.

Visitors will be able to enter the Pavilion and pass through a ‘secret corridor’ between the outer and inner layers of the structure and into the Pavilion’s bright stained-glass-effect interior. The work will offer a diverse program of public talks, film screenings, and other events—all free and open to the public—to take place throughout the five-month installation 

“We are pleased to be working with Second Home to bring the Pavilion to Los Angeles and to one of L.A.’s most compelling public and scientific resources, La Brea Tar Pits. The Pavilion is an opportunity to experience one of the boldest and most innovative designs in contemporary architecture,” said Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, NHMLAC President and Director. “But it’s also a place for people to meet and be inspired by a range of activities throughout the summer. It gives a glimpse of what we can do with cultural programming at our museums, at that space where art and science intersect.”“We’ve fallen in love with Los Angeles - its beauty and chaos, its light and shadows, its contradictions, sub-cultures and people,” added Sam Aldenton, Co-Founder of Second Home. “The Second Home Pavilion is a celebration of this: our love letter to LA.”“At Second Home, we really believe that diversity makes creativity stronger, which is why we’re so thrilled to be collaborating with Lori and the Natural History Museums to bring this beautiful structure to Los Angeles,” said Rohan Silva, Co-Founder of Second Home. “The Pavilion will be a space for diverse communities and ideas to come together, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone in.”

Visitor Information

Share your experience using #lovelettertoLA and tag @secondhome_la and @thelabreatarpits on Instagram for a chance to take over the Pavilion. Show your post at any Tar Pits ticket counter to receive $2 off general admission to the museum.


Second Home Serpentine Pavilion by SelgasCano at La Brea Tar Pits 5801 Wilshire Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA, 90036


11:00am – 7:00pm Daily Open until 9:00pm Fridays


Admission is free and walk-ups are welcome. Plan your visit by reserving timed express entry at pavilion.secondhome.io


$15 flat rate

The Museum's parking lot is located at the corner of Curson Ave. and 6th St., directly behind the Museum. Enter from the western side of Curson Ave.Parking lot opens at 9:15 am and the last car can enter at 4:15 pm, when the gate locks. Visitors can leave the lot through 10:00 pm when the park closes.

The public may join a mailing list to learn more about Pavilion programs as they are announced here.