The new exhibition Becoming Los Angeles opened July 14. This 14,000-square-foot masterpiece is the largest in the Natural History 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 that 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!
WHAT: Becoming Los Angeles
WHEN: Open seven days a week 9:30 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Natural History Museum | 900 Exposition Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90007
CONTACT INFO: (213) 763-DINO (3466) or firstname.lastname@example.org
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