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Boney Island at NHM

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Boney Island
Photograph: Courtesy NHM/RIX Productions

Time Out says

L.A.’s Natural History Museum is already loaded up with all sorts of fossilized remains, so it feels like a perfect fit that this skeleton-filled seasonal event would find its way to the museum.

Boney Island, a beloved kid-friendly Halloween event that called Griffith Park home until the pandemic, will return from its hiatus with a new setup at NHM’s Nature Gardens. From September 28 to October 31, the illuminated installation will bring familiar fixtures (skeleton performers, shadow puppets) and mix them with some sciency additions (fossils, animal presentations).

The homegrown, carnival-themed haunt started more than 20 years ago on The Simpsons producer Rick Polizzi’s front lawn in Sherman Oaks. But for the past decade or so it had set up annually in Griffith Park—at least until its temporary closure in 2020. Now though, it’s back thanks to NHM and RIX Productions.

You’ll find Boney Island running Thursday through Sunday nights. Tickets cost $25 and go on sale to the general public on August 24 (members can get access two days sooner and at a $5 discount). Limited tickets will be available on-site during museum hours and at the start of the event each night.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano


Opening hours:
Thu–Sun 6–10pm
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