Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History is back
After a year of closure and a summer of welcoming visitors to the museum’s daily experiences, the Exhibition Center’s Natural History Museum (NHM) presents a new roster of mind-boggling exhibits, installations and public programs for the entire family, including the start of the West Coast exhibit Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr Jane Goodall.
Additionally, the museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dinosaur Hall and feature a giant ichthyosaur skull discovered by our scientists in Nevada; reopen the doors of the open-air Spider Pavilion; display the work of master celebrity jewelry designer Robert Procop; and much more! Plus, at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, check out the Mammoths and mastodons setup and see science in action with new discoveries every day.
Here’s everything happening this fall:
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (Exhibition Center)
Now – December 5, 2021
This one-of-a-kind seasonal lodge offers a rare glimpse into the secret life of spiders. Visitors can walk around the open-air pavilion to see hundreds of orb weavers and their incredible webs. The Spider Den offers the opportunity to peer into enclosed habitats that are home to different species, from tarantulas to jumping spiders. NHM museum educators will share compelling stories and serve as a resource to answer any questions about arachnids along the way.
Free for members. $ 6 for non-members (plus general admission). Learn more: NHM.ORG/spiders
Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr Jane Goodall
November 7, 2021 – April 17, 2022
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will showcase the West Coast debut of Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr Jane Goodall. The exhibit, curated by National Geographic in partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, will explore Dr Goodall’s venerable career, reviewing the work of the primatologist from her early field research in Gombe, Tanzania, to her current community-centered work. The exhibit features experiential activities and immersive exhibits, including a replica of his research tent and an immersive projection of Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about her current role as a leader in community-centered conservation and youth empowerment with the Jane Goodall Institute.
Become Jeanne debuted at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC Major support in Los Angeles provided by the Annenberg Foundation, with additional support from Bank of America and Visionary Women.
Free for members. Non-members: $ 10 for adults, $ 6 for children (plus general admission). Learn more: NHM.ORG/jane
Discovery of the depths
Now – November 29, 2021
This temporary display contains an extremely rare female Pacific footballfish (Himantolophus sagamius, a type of monkfish), which was discovered in May 2021 at Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach, California. Typically found thousands of feet underwater, this fish now resides in the NHMLAC ichthyology collection and is one of 30 female specimens available for study in museum collections around the world. A traditional Japanese gyotaku (fish rub, or print) of the specimen, created by artist Dwight Hwang accompanies the presentation.
Free with NHM entry. Learn more: NHM.ORG/baudriche
Discovering a giant fossil
Now – January 2022
While dinosaurs ruled the land during the Mesozoic era, marine reptiles like this giant ichthyosaur – nicknamed Jim 2 – ruled the sea. At 17 meters long, this specimen is in fact the largest organism ever found in the Triassic. medium (242 to 244 million years ago). Unearthed from the mountains of Nevada and on display for the very first time, visitors can see the cone-shaped teeth and narrow muzzle of the full two-meter skull of this oceanic predator up close and learn about its journey to the museum. . Tom and Bonda Young, founders of the Great Basin Brewing Co., helped fund the seven years of work it took to unearth Jim 2 and prepare him in NHM’s Dino Lab.
Free with NHM entry. Learn more: NHM.ORG/ichthyosaur
Brilliance: the art and science of rare jewelry
December 8, 2021 – February 20, 2022
Brilliance: the art and science of rare jewelry presents more than a hundred spectacular objects – necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings and unmounted precious stones – which will be on display alongside minerals from the museum’s collection. The exhibition explores how precious stones and rare minerals are used in a wide variety of fields, from jewelry design to scientific research in geology, chemistry, physics and other disciplines.
Drawn primarily from the works of master jeweler Robert Procop, the show includes striking examples of colorful fancy diamonds, such as the world’s largest green diamond and one of the world’s largest pink diamonds. In addition to learning how precious stones are used to make jewelry, visitors will also find out how scientists use these exceptional stones to learn more about earth processes and, in turn, to better understand how our planet works.
Free with NHM entry. Learn more: NHM.ORG/brilliance
To see before they close!
3D Antarctic Dinosaurs
Last chance to see before our 3D cinema closes on October 31, 2021
Travel to a surreal and ancient realm of midnight suns, night hunters and river monsters. Take part in a quest in Antarctica where scientists uncover a hidden dinosaur story that has been brewing for millions of years. It’s a 3D adventure through time, from today’s frozen desert to a lush world of giants. (Screenings every day, every 30 min from 10 a.m.)
All 3D movies are free for members. $ 6 for non-members (plus general admission). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit NHM.ORG/3dtheater.
Rise Up LA: A Century of Votes for Women
Now – October 10, 2021
This exhibition pays homage to 100 years of passion and progress through the personal stories of the everyday women who shaped the suffrage movement. Through photographs, ephemeral protests (signs, buttons, banners and magazines), video and audio, Get up in Los Angeles shines a light on the lives of women in Los Angeles County who for the past 100 years have fought for women’s rights.
Free with NHM entry. Learn more: NHM.ORG/riseup
Spiky, Hairy, Shiny: Insectes of LA
Now – Apr 1, 2022
This exhibit features macro photographs of insects and highlights NHMLAC’s groundbreaking Biodiversity Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) research project, the world’s largest study of urban biodiversity.
Free with NHM entry. Learn more: NHM.ORG/insectsofla
LA BREA TAR PITS (Mid-Wilshire / Hancock Park)
Mammoths and mastodons
La Brea tar pits
Throughout the museum, learn about the stories of these creatures that once roamed Los Angeles. Get up close to the real fossils of La Brea and stand next to life-size replicas that show what Ice Age mammoths and behemoths looked like. Take part in new interactive experiences that will give you a hands-on understanding of the science behind the excavation and analysis of these fascinating creatures.
Free with entry to the museum. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit TARPITS.org/mammoths-and-mastodons.
Ice Age Titans 3D
La Brea tar pits
Travel to a world lost in time, buried in ice and ruled by giants. In this thrilling 3D adventure, discover a frozen world on the brink of extinction, where humans share the frozen tundra with majestic beasts. Meet some of Earth’s most awe-inspiring mammals, from saber-toothed cats and fearsome wolves to giant sloths and iconic mammoths that lived 10,000 years before modern civilization. See how these magnificent creatures got trapped in the tar, preserved through time, and are unearthed today.
All 3D movies are free for members. $ 6 for non-members (plus general admission). For more information visit TARPITS.org/experience-tar-pits/3d-theater.
The Hart Museum is currently closed until further notice. Learn more and sign up to receive updates: HARTMUSEUM.org
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