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Becoming Los Angeles

NHM's new, permanent exhibition, Becoming Los Angeles, is open!
The exhibition chronicles how people and the land affected eachother over 500 years and transformed a remote pueblo into the L.A. we know today.
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Becoming L.A.

Becoming Los Angeles

The new exhibition Becoming Los Angeles opened July 14. This 14,000-square-foot masterpiece is the largest in the Museum. It tells stories in six major sections: Los Angeles and the region at the time of Spanish contact; the Spanish Mission Era; the Mexican Rancho Era; the early American Period; the emergence of a new American city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; the Great Depression and World War II, to the present.

Some of the stories are well-known, such as how the acquisition of water through the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913 allowed Los Angeles to grow. But there are other natural and human influences might surprise you: how cattle, the Gold Rush, floods, a plague of grasshoppers, railroads, and outlandish booster campaigns all played a part in transforming the region into an agricultural and industrial empire; the pivotal role Los Angeles played in World War II; and the dynamic diversity of the earliest settlers.

Come meet L.A.'s Native Americans, colonists, and settlers; rancheros, citrus growers and oil barons; captains of industry, boosters, and radicals; filmmakers, innovators, and more!

 

Click here for images of Becoming Los Angeles!