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The County oversees two world-class museums, the Museum of Art and the Natural History Museum. The Art Museum is the premier encyclopedia museum in the Western United States, with more than 100,000 works of art, and serves 1 million visitors a year. The Broad Contemporary Art Museum was added in 2008. The Natural History Museum, the largest natural and historical museum in the Western United States, safeguards more than 35 million specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years.The Natural History Museum Family includes the Page Museum and William S. Hart Ranch and Museum. The Page Museum, located at the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits, is one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. The William S. Hart Ranch and Museum contains original furnishings, an impressive collection of western art, and mementos of early Hollywood and Native American artifacts. In addition to the public facilities, there are more than 300 private museums in the County.


Highlights



First Fridays at Natural History Museum
The seventh season of “First Fridays” at the Natural History Museum launches Jan. 7 and will extend through June. The after-hours events (from 5 to 10 p.m.) are held on the first Friday of each month and include live music, discussion on how science affects the future, and curatorial tours.

Lots of Family Activities at Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum offers a wide variety of youth and family, adult and travel programs for all ages, including classes, lectures, field trips, summer day camp, overnight adventures and international excursions.

Overnight Adventures at Natural History Museum
The National History Museum really does come to life at night! Make real casts of dinosaur fossils, take a flashlight tour of the La Brea Tar Pits, wake up with butterflies and so much more…


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Did You Know?

  • The Natural History Museum in 1913 was the first cultural institution to open the doors in Los Angeles.
  • The Natural History Museum houses the second largest natural history collection in the U.S. (33 million artifacts).
  • The Museum of Natural History includes the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart Museum.
  • The Museum of Art is the premier encyclopedic art museum in the Western United States
  • The La Brea Tar Pits is the world's only active urban excavation site of Ice Age fossils.
  • The Art Museum is undergoing a 10-year renovation project called Transformation.
 
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