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Over one hundred years ago, on November 5, 1913, cattle ranchers and citrus orchard barons, city boosters and citizens gathered on the banks of the cascades feeding the San Fernando Reservoir to witness the first water from the Owens River surge into a thirsty city. The crowds weren’t just cheering for water. A new apex of culture — the Museum of History, Science, and Art (the original name of NHM) — opened the following day.

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Now, the Natural History Museum is revisiting these two natural and cultural moments with the aqueduct-themed special exhibition, Just Add Water: Artworks Inspired by the L.A. Aqueduct by Rob Reynolds. Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Reynolds has created 10 original, large-scale watercolors that interpret the epic significance of the Aqueduct, through the lenses of history, geography, and time.

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In each, Reynolds references key sites and historical moments aligned with the Aqueduct’s 233-mile route and 100-year history. This special exhibition, guest curated by art historian Dr. Charlotte Eyerman, invites visitors to rediscover Southern California’s parched past through the imaginative lens of Reynolds’ vision.

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WHAT: Just Add Water: Artworks Inspired by the L.A. Aqueduct by Rob Reynolds 
WHEN: 
November 5, 2013 – August 3, 2014 
WHERE:
Natural History Museum | 900 Exposition Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90007

DETAILS:

  • Tickets: $10 Nonmember and $8 Members

CONTACT INFO: (213) 763-3466

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

DETAILS: Tickets

CONTACT INFO: (213) 763-DINO (3466) or info@nhm.org

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Once a month, the entire Natural History Museum stays open until 10 pm and features live music, exciting scientific discussion, and behind-the-scenes curatorial tours. First Fridays has been an immersive program designed for audiences of all ages, bringing together a dynamic discussion with scientists on the cutting edge of their fields and musical performances by fresh and innovative artists. In recent years, the program has been hailed as Los Angeles’ “Best Intellectual Event in Disguise” (L.A. Downtown News) and “Best Museum Party Night” (Los Angeles magazine). First Fridays welcomes its audience back to the Museum they loved as kids, putting a new and exciting spin on an old favorite.

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One hundred years is a long time, especially in science. A hundred years ago, we had not confirmed Einstein’s theory of relativity, discovered quantum physics, realized that the universe was born in a Big Bang, knew that continents drifted due to plate tectonics, or understood that DNA was the genetic building block. Heavier-than-air flight was only 10 years old then and space flight was more than 40 years away. We were closer to the American Civil War than to the personal computer. First Fridays gets in on the Natural History Museum birthday bash by taking a look at the greatest discoveries of the past 100 years in physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, medicine, and technology – and what we can expect in the next 100 years.

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LA’s William Bensussen, aka The Gaslamp Killer, is many things at once. The San Diego native is a bonafide one-off; an artist and human being that can never be repeated. With an unparalleled energy, the DJ, producer, promoter and curator brings a different level of performance and showmanship to electronic music.

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WHAT: First Friday At The Natural History Museum
WHEN: February 1, 2013 | 5:30 pm
WHERE: 
900 Exposition Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90007

DETAILS: Tickets $18

CONTACT INFO: (213) 763-3466

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Watch as dinosaurs come to life at the Natural History Museum‘s Dinosaur Encounter! Their realistic T. rex and Triceratops large-scale puppets capture the imaginations of audiences in performances throughout each week. Thanks to the expertise of NHM’s paleontologists and puppeteers, you can experience how these prehistoric animals lived. Their team of performance artists will guide you back in time to better understand dinosaur anatomy, possible behavior, and movement.

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See the T.rex and Triceratops from Dinosaur Encounters up-close and personal in their new home inside the Discovery Center. Watch puppeteers get ready for performances and see the puppets when they are not in use.

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See a Dinosaur Encounter Stage Show!

Level 2 in the North American Mammal Hall:

  • Thursdays – Fridays: 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm
  • Saturdays – Sundays 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm

The Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center is located on Level 2. Enjoy hands-on activities and re-discover forgotten favorites. Now in a bigger and brighter, beautiful new space overlooking Exposition Park and the Pavilion of Wings. Open daily.

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Get Your Hands on Discovery

  • Touchable minerals, furs, and fossils are highlights in the Discovery Center that allow you to explore the diversity of Earth’s natural history
  • Saunter up to a sloth, stampede with a herd of African antelope, or pose next to their iconic polar bear
  • Microscopes and magnifying glasses allow you to investigate anything in the Discovery Center up close
  • Binoculars let you get a birds-eye view of what’s going on outside, whether at their bird feeders or in the skies
  • Search for unknown fossils in blocks of rock and re-assemble a saber-toothed cat skeleton from the La Brea Tar Pits

Daily Programs

Daily live animal presentations and story times are also available at the Discovery Center.

  • Live animal presentations occur at 3:00 pm daily, and also at 11:00 am on weekends
  • Story times occur at 2:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 pm on weekends

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WHAT: Natural History Museum Dinosaur Encounter
WHEN: Thursday – Sunday | 9:30 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Natural History Museum | 900 Exposition Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90007

DETAILS: FREE with Museum Admission

  • Members: Free
  • Children 2 and under: Free
  • Children 3 – 12: $5.00
  • Youth 13 – 17: $9.00
  • College Students with ID: $9.00
  • Seniors 62+: $9.00
  • Adults: $12.00

CONTACT INFO: General Information (213) 763-DINO (3466) | info@nhm.org

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