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Natural History Museum: Becoming LA Exhibit and Nature Gardens

  • Jul 27, 2013 · 9:15 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions carefully below BEFORE you RSVP 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) Admission to the Natural History Museum is $12 per person. They also charge about $10 for parking.

3) I am joining the Los Angeles City Historical Society (LACHS) in a docent led tour of the Becoming LA Exhibit. This tour is for LACHS members only. So what this means is that I will be at the museum 9:15 AM to meet and greet you, but I might not necessarily be with you the whole time unless you are a member of LACHS as well. So please be aware of this.

4) Please make sure to arrive no later than 9:15 AM because I will be entering the museum at 9:30 and won't wait for you. When you arrive at the museum, call my cell at[masked] if you can't locate me.

I love all the new things they have been doing to the Natural History Museum 1st was their Age of Mammals exhibit followed by their Dinosaur Hall. The latest additions are their new gardens along with the new but permanent exhibit titled 'Becoming LA'. So come join me at the Natural History Museum to experience their latest expansion and exhibits!

From LAist:

"Though Los Angeles was only incorporated in 1850, its huge population, sprawling geographic size and indelible mark on American culture indicate a much longer history.

This summer the Natural History Museum will be opening an ambitious permanent exhibit that takes us back—waaaaay back. "Becoming Los Angeles" seeks to do nothing less than trace our city's ecological and cultural evolution over the past 500 years. This new exhibit will open in July at the same that the museum's renovation and expansion opens up to the public—and just in time for the 100th anniversary of the museum next year.

This sounds like a really exciting time for the museum and the surrounding neighborhood, which now boasts its own Metro stop and space shuttle.

The futuristic new exhibition space, featuring an eye-catching steel canopy, will span four galleries, 14,000 square feet and five centuries of history. Six major historical periods will be covered: the pre-Spanish period, the Spanish Mission era, the Mexican Rancho Era, early American expansion, L.A.'s early years as an incorporated American city and postwar L.A. These eras will be described through hundreds of cultural artifacts dating to 1781. Standout artifacts will include a sword from the Mexican War of Independence, Mexican-era governor Pio Pico's writing desk, Charlie Chaplin's “Little Tramp” costume and Walt Disney's 1923 animation stand.

As we mentioned, "Becoming Los Angeles" marks the completion of the the museum's major renovation process. Some of the buildings are in the process of being renovated, but the outdoor sections of the museum are also getting an overhaul. By June 2013, the museum will have 3.5 acres of reimagined outdoor space and a new entrance. The Los Angeles Times has a great, interactive overview of the complete plans.

The museum faculty—and we—are excited for an exhibit that dares explore L.A.'s lore so thoroughly. Says the exhibit's lead historian, Dr. William Estrada: "The Museum has always been L.A.'s repository for housing its rich treasure's from the past...It is now time for [them] to be put on display so their stories can be told in a new and exciting format."



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope it's great Robert - I already have plans in San Diego from a couple months back.

    July 26, 2013

  • Andree

    Turns out I have to help my mom out with some stuff. :-(

    July 23, 2013

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  • Robert
    Event Host

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