Extreme Mammals Opens at Natural History Museum LA
I’m constantly amazed by the Natural History Museum. Not only do they have a fascinating array of permanent exhibits but they’re constantly evolving with a selection of innovative, high quality traveling exhibitions. This week found me back at Exposition Park to preview the latest – Extreme Mammals. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History the exhibit highlights the “extreme” features of mammals. Focusing on those both extinct and living it’s an in depth look at what makes the species so special.
Upon entering, I was greeted by the gigantic large Indricotherium, the world’s largest mammal which is currently being studied by museum curator, Dr. Xiaoming Wang. This extinct relative of the rhinoceros once lived in Tibet and grew to over 13 feet tall! Moving into the exhibition space I found a range of interactive exhibits showcasing various examples of extreme mammal features.
There are fossils, specimens and models of numerous mammals on display. Often you will find extinct species situated next to current ones to see just how they’ve changed over time. There are also several chances for interaction which will certainly make learning fun for kids.
It made learning fun for me!
No exhibit in Los Angeles would be complete without a nod to our own mammals, both past and present, and there are displays devoted to the La Brea Tarpits and P22 – the famed Griffith Park mountain lion.
Extreme Mammals continues the Natural History Museum’s trend of presenting highly informative, high quality traveling exhibits. It runs through September 10, 2017 and is sure to be a hit for both kids and adults.