The Natural History Museum has been transformed, filled with indoor and outdoor events befitting a new kind of natural history museum. Visitors will always treasure our dinosaurs, dioramas and gems and minerals. With the addition of the Nature Gardens, Nature Lab and citizen science, we have become a museum of living nature and natural history.
The Natural History Family of Museums serves nearly 1.2 million people a year at three sites, and its audience reflects the diversity of Los Angeles County’s underlying demography. The Natural History Museum is the first and only museum many Angelenos have ever visited. Many visit as families and school groups but, increasingly, they’re coming in groups of adults of all ages, many of whom have limited access to open space and little experience with nature or wildlife.
We have filled the gardens with free nature walks and activities for school kids, along with exciting citizen science projects and nature events and festivals. When our visitors learn about urban wildlife—surprisingly diverse even in the densest parts of the city—they go home to see and treat their surroundings in new ways.
We’ve also enhanced the visitor experience at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (including the Page Museum building). We refreshed the entrance, lobby and gallery spaces and created a 3D theater. We installed new illustrated informational panels around the park, which better tell the story of both the history and the current scientific excavations at the tar pits.
We continued our busy slate of events and family friendly festivals at the William S. Hart Museum, as well. On a consistent basis, the Santa Clarita community can count on the Hart to serve as a fun and educational gathering place. We are beginning plans now to bring some of our citizen science activities and events that focus on local nature up to Newhall—making sure all three sites connect indoor exhibits with the environment and ecology outside.
We hope you’ll visit us soon to enjoy the Natural History Museum’s enriching and broadening experiences.