When visiting Los Angeles, a trip to the museum is a must! The city has a ton of great museums showcasing a number of different exhibits, art, artifacts, and even the La Brea Tar Pits. In many of these museums, guests can learn the history of a number of different areas and subjects. But what about the history of Los Angeles itself? The city was not always the glamourous home of the movie industry. Starting July 14, 2013, the Natural History Museum will premiere a brand new exhibition titled Becoming Los Angeles. Those staying in one of the hotels around the Natural History Museum Los Angeles can learn all about what Los Angeles was like before it became the city it is today.
Becoming Los Angeles will be a 14,000 square foot exhibition, making it the largest exhibit in the museum. It will not just showcase the immediate history of Los Angeles, but will actually go as far back as 19th century when Native Americans lived on the land. See artifacts from that time as well as some of the tools they used. Following the time of the Native Americans came the rancheros, colonists, settlers, citrus growers, oil barons and captains of industry. Visitors will also be able to see items these groups of people left behind. Learn what Los Angeles was like during the Mexican Rancho Era, the Spanish Mission Era, and the time of the first Spanish contact with the city.
The exhibit will also go into the history of Los Angeles during the 20th century. The exhibit will contain a scale model of downtown Los Angeles circa the 1930s. The interactive model will give visitors a chance to see 10 neighborhoods. In addition, there will be sections throughout the exhibit that focus on the early American period and the Great Depression and World War II. Learn how the Gold Rush, railroads, and even cattle helped shape the city into what it is today. You will be amazed at all Los Angeles has seen throughout the years.
Learn all about the history of Los Angeles at the Becoming Los Angeles exhibit inside the Natural History Museum! For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.