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Nature Lab

The new Nature Lab will open your eyes to L.A. wildlife!
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Becoming Los Angeles

The new exhibition Becoming Los Angeles opened July 14, 2013. 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!

Age of Mammals Media

Discover some of the media projects and interactives that will complement the Age of Mammals exhibit. Check back for frequent updates as we celebrate and help to provide additional stories that we've discovered through the making of this one-of-a-kind exhibit.

Specimen Spotlight

We asked our Vertebrate Paleontology curator, Dr. Lawrence G. Barnes, about one of Age of Mammals spectacular specimens Aulophyseter morricei. Also, this fall come to the Museum and join us for these unique and special Lectures and guided tours that our curators will be participating in for the Age of Mammals exhibit.

The Commercial

This 30-second piece was co-created with Imaginary Forces.

Haaga Family Rotunda Installations

What on Earth?

Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight

Charles Knight was an influential painter who used his brush to bring extinct animals and their environments to life for modern audiences. He worked closely with scientists in order to make his vibrant imagery of prehistoric flora and fauna adhere to scientific knowledge in the middle of the 20th century.

So how does his work hold up now that we’re in the 21st century, more than 50 years later? Life Through the Ages: Revisiting the Paintings of Charles R. Knight looks at Knight’s iconic paintings — 16 in all, including  a woolly mammoth, brontosaurus, and pteranodon (an enormous flying reptile that lived approximately 80 million years ago) — in light of current understanding. Seven of the Museum's scientists provide commentary to accompany Knight's paintings in this exhibit, placing his work into the context of modern scholarship.

This installation, which mixes art, history and science, resides on the rotunda’s second floor, which was initially designed to showcase art when the 1913 Building was constructed nearly 100 years ago.