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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Free Day at Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

This past Spring, my wife, teenage kids, and I were in Los Angeles for a three day get-away. It was a chance to enjoy memories from when we lived in L.A. - and experience a few new things. 

First stop, the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. 

L.A. County Museum of Natural History originally opened in 1913, and is the largest natural history museum in the Western United States. Above, two dinosaurs battling in out in the front entrance. 

My wife, kids, and I visited many times when we lived in L.A. Here's a link to a family visit from back in 2010. 

The museum offers a "free day" the first Tuesday of the month. That worked with our schedule, so - yeah - we made a visit. First stop: the North America/Africa dioramas just off the entrance. 

These dioramas date back to the 1930's and are in excellent condition. 

I realize that today's audiences are spoiled with amazing video like the BBC Planet Earth series. Folks 80 years ago were limited to black and white photos, and - maybe - some rough nature films. Getting up closed like this and seeing animals in what really look like their native habitats had to have been amazing. They still hold up well, in my opinion. 

The American Bison scene - which was also featured in the 2006 film "A Night at the Museum". 

My kids enjoyed a trip down memory lane - seeing the museum they had grown up with ten years earlier. 

More dinosaurs. These displays are new. At least I don't remember them from ten years ago. 

Obligatory family photo. 

We were able to step outside of the original entrance, which was just off of the Rose Garden on the east side of the building. 

View of the historic Rose Garden, which is free of charge and worth a visit. The 90 year old Rose Garden was the vision of USC law professor (and a devout Methodist) William Miller Bowen. 

Here's a link to a previous post on how Bowen single handedly worked to close down and remove the saloons and brothels that were here with three museums.

Inside the original entrance to the 1913 building, recently restored to it's original grandeur. 

My wife and kids taking photos of the statue and the ceiling above. 

The ceiling above, with a beautiful 100+ year old tiffany style stained glass window. Really impressive. 

My wife outside, enjoying the beautiful pink flowers on the tree outside the Rose Garden. Springtime is one of the best times to visit Los Angeles, in my opinion. 

There was a new exhibit - "Becoming Los Angeles" - which open in 2013 and I was excited to finally see in person. More on that next time. 

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