Members don't have to pay admission or wait in lines...they walk right through Member Express and into the Museum!
While the entire Nature Gardens won't open until our centennial celebrations in June 2013, visitors can already skirt the Museum's Urban Edge, where nature meets the street, and watch a butterfly fill up on nectar plants. They can stroll through the history of the Los Angeles landscape in the Transition Garden, which features olive trees imported by Spanish missionaries. The Living Wall that hugs the Entry Plaza at the Museum's north entrance is the ideal locale to spot spiders, and possibly lizards, living in the stone cracks.
School groups and other visitors can also spend an afternoon in the Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden picking up tips on planting a vegetable garden at home or at school. A step into the 1913 garden and visitors can already see pollinating plants in bloom, attracting a variety of birds and bugs.
This gallery of renderings by Mia Lehrer + Associates and CO Architects illustrates NHM's dramatic, institution-wide transformation and the promise of discovery and exploration that this urban nature space, once a parking lot, is already becoming.