An Afternoon at the Natural History Museum

An Afternoon at the Natural History Museum

“Carmel, when are we going to go to the Natural History Museum?!”

That’s what Jave would ask every single time we drove past USC’s campus on Exposition Boulevard. The Natural History Museum (NHM) – along with a complex of other museums in Exposition Park – is located just across from USC, and the huge dinosaur skeleton outside of the NHM piqued Jave’s curiosity. It had me curious as well.

But for whatever reason, we never prioritized a visit until a certain weekend late last year when my job offered free tickets for employees. It’s funny how quickly priorities change when something is being offered for free!

So one crisp fall Sunday afternoon, we headed to the NHM for some mental stimulation and to explore one more of our city’s iconic museums. What we discovered was an engaging space that would keep even the most cynical museum goer entertained; it’s truly a place for hands-on, in-your-face learning. Exhibits come to life at the NHM, and in some cases, are actually alive like in the Nature Lab or the Spider Pavilion (the latter of which I did not venture into – thank you very much!).

Here are some snapshots from our afternoon at the NHM…

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Yessss! This exhibit hall gives you the feeling of being on an African savanna.
Yessss! This exhibit hall gives you the feeling of being on an African savanna.

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Moving on...we found this fish/sea creature in the main hall of the NHM.
Moving on…we found this fish/sea creature thingy in the main hall of the NHM. Creatures like this explain why I’m a bit leery about swimming in the ocean…there are just so many unknowns!
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Next up…the North American Mammal Halls
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These wolves are huge!
More from the Dinosaur Hall...pre-historic sea creatures
More from the Dinosaur Hall…pre-historic sea creatures

Lunch break at NHM Grill. You can also bring your own lunch and picnic on the grass in front of the museum or on the benches overlooking the Rose Garden.
Lunch break at NHM Grill. You can also bring your own lunch and picnic on the grass in front of the museum or on the benches overlooking the Rose Garden.
Admission to the Mummies exhibit is extra, but I've heard it's so worth it!
At the time of our visit, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs was being exhibited. Although admission to this temporary exhibit was extra, I heard it was so worth it! Now, this exhibit is closed…we probably should’ve checked it out.
The Nature Lab where you'll find live rats, a live rattlesnake, a tarantula (yikes!) and more...
The Nature Lab where you’ll find live rats, a live rattlesnake, a tarantula (yikes!) and more…
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This hall documents the history of L.A.

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A replica of L.A. in the early days
A replica of L.A. in the early days
One of my favorite exhibits is Gems and Minerals
One of my favorite exhibits is Gems and Minerals

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Priceless jewelry in the secure vault
Priceless jewelry in the secure vault

*Visit the NHM’s website for more details and for info to plan your visit.

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Is there a place in your city that you’ve been meaning to visit? Please share in the comments.

  • Charlene Chinn

    This looked like you had a fun filled & educational day.

  • Nice! We went to the Houston version a few years ago. Very enjoyable, the dinosaurs being my favorite. I think l would like the gemstones section here too though. Great pictures 👌.

    • Thanks, Kemkem!! Yes, the dinos and the gems definitely made the visit well worth it!

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