This summer at NHM has been one for the record
books, and what we have all achieved together—
trustees, members, supporters, visitors, and staff—
takes my breath away. We have 50 percent more public
space, five new permanent exhibitions, and enhanced
amenities. Every day, Angelenos can discover wildlife in
the new Nature Gardens and in the indoor Nature Lab.
And finally, with the opening of
Becoming Los Angeles
,
the Museum’s 10-year transformation into a
21st-century, indoor-outdoor destination is complete.
It is fitting that
Becoming Los Angeles
is where we are
finishing this journey. Los Angeles and NHM grew up
together. When the Museum opened in 1913, it was
seen as a coming of age of a burgeoning metropolis.
As the city grew, the Museum captured L.A.’s stories
in its collections. Our centennial seemed the right time
to share that—and use our history collections to tell
L.A.’s stories.
In this and the other new exhibits, we took an
approach that I hope you’ll find fascinating: We look at
how the land and people, or nature and culture, affect
one another.
There is no place in the world like Los Angeles,
and no story of a city has ever been told quite like
Becoming Los Angeles
. Angelenos and visitors from
around the world will see the region in a new way
and I think they will be moved by the experience.
They will see that what Angelenos did hundreds of
years ago mattered, and what we do today matters,
too. This Los Angeles story will become as much a part
of our NHM identity as our dinosaurs and dioramas.
In our transformed Museum and throughout
Los Angeles, our goal is to inspire generations of
visitors for years to come as we move into our next
century together.
I hope you will join us.
Jane G. Pisano
President and Director
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Briefs
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New Exhibition:
Becoming Los Angeles
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GeckoWatch Launches
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Nature Gardens Explorations
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For Kids
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NHMNext:
Diane Naegele
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Events and Calendar
The Otis Booth Pavilion,
NHM’s new north entrance.
Photo by Art Gray.
The
Naturalist
magazine is a publication of the
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
and is issued six times a year. As a member
benefit, each issue provides a look at Museum
exhibits, collections, adventures, research,
and events. Through them, we inspire wonder,
discovery, and responsibility for our natural
and cultural worlds.
Our L.A. Story
NEW GARDENS,
NEW EXPLORATIONS!
See L.A. wildlife on a guided
Nature Walk
, daily at 4 pm.
Step into the wild NHM on new
Nature Gardens Explorations
.
Take a bird walk, go bug hunting,
or experience a tasting in the
Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden,
Thursday–Sunday at 11 am.
Group Tours of the Gardens
Nature Package $25
Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes $100
Call 213.763.3218, or reserve at
NHM.ORG/reservationform
Visit NHM.ORG/nature
NHM is now an outdoor-indoor experience!
Walk into the new Nature Gardens and the
interactive Nature Lab, and pass under a
spectacular 63-foot fin whale suspended in
the six-story glass Otis Booth Pavilion.
Come to NHM, put your nature eyes on,
and see L.A. in a surprising, new way.
Institutional Partners
Naturalist
August/September 2013 
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