Expeditions | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

In that same spirit of discovery, Museum donors are invited to join our distinguished curators on exciting, custom-designed travel experiences.

Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Get special access to the Museum's vast collections on these exclusive tours! 
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Best of the West

NHMLA's gem and mineral collection of about 150,000 specimens is the most significant in the country, west of the Smithsonian. See More

A Taste of History

Enjoy exclusive access to Artistic Evolution: Southern California Artists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County,1945 – 1963 and a dinner designed to give you a taste of LA's art history.  Exclusively for Fellows.  Call (213) 763-3253 for details.

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Explore Your World with NHM Scientists

NHM scientists have conducted fieldwork and research around the globe for nearly a century. In that same spirit of discovery, Museum donors are invited to join our experts on exciting, custom-designed travel adventures.  Whether it's fossil hunting in the California desert or searching for blue-footed boobies on the Galapagos islands, you're sure to have the experience of a lifetime!


Upcoming Expedition

Moroccan Mineral Tour
presented by The Gem & Mineral Council
March 26 - April 7, 2012
Embark on a twelve-day adventure through the rugged and picturesque Anti-Atlas and High-Atlas Mountains of southern Morocco, host of some of the world’s most remarkable mineral deposits:  Vanadinite at Mibladen, rare phosphate minerals at the Angarf-Sud pegmatite, and a startling array of colorful cobalt minerals in the mines of the Bou Azzer district, and much more.


Visit ancient and modern cultural sites, enjoy wonderful scenery and participate in unique experiences.  Beginning from Marrakech, 4WD vehicles and expert guides will get you to many sights the average tourist (and mineral collector) can only dream about.

There will be pleny of opportunities to collect and purchase mineral specimens.

Cost of tour includes all ground transportation, accommodations and food.  Airfare not included. Please contact the NHM's Gem & Mineral Council at (213) 763-3326 for pricing and additional information including a 5 MB PowerPoint presentation showing highlights of the tour.


Your Mineral Experts

Dr. Tony Kampf
The Museum’s Curator Emeritus of Mineral Science and describer of several new minerals from the area.

Dr. Eloïse Gaillou
The Museum’s new Associate Curator of Mineral Sciences, will provide expert background on minerals and geology and is fluent in French, which will prove very useful in this French speaking nation.


The Gem & Mineral Council

This Expedition is open to Gem & Mineral Council members only.  Museum Membership is required to be a member of the Gem & Mineral Council.  To join, renew, or upgrade click here

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