Viewing Becoming LA at the Natural History Museum

I love, love, love the Natural History Museum. It truly is one of my favorite places in Los Angeles. But you wouldn’t know it by this blog because it’s been over 2 years since I last wrote about it. And since that post so much has changed! On my last visit the museum was undergoing major renovations and now? It’s just beautiful.

natural history museum

Well, this part was always beautiful but I can’t help but take a picture every time I see it.

One of the newest additions to the museum is the exhibit Becoming L.A.

becoming LA

I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to this exhibit and it did not disappoint!

It was chock full of artifacts from the various important periods in Los Angeles history like the beautiful missions.


The racheros that used to dot the landscape.


And our native Grizzly.


I also saw this amazing artifact – the table on which the treaty was signed to end the Mexican American war.


And I watched an amusing slide show explaining how important cow poop was to the development of the area.

cow poop

There even was a tale of murder!


And of ostriches, locusts, oranges…

ostrich locust orange

and, of course, water.

water“There it is. Take it.”

And we can’t forget Hollywood.

bette davis walt car

From the top that’s Bette Davis, Walt Disney’s early animation machine (complete with a handwritten note) and an early special effect.

But, by far, my very favorite piece was this model of Downtown Los Angeles.

downtown la

I could have spent hours looking at this alone.

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

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