Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Explore the natural world with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $35 for a one-year Individual Plus+ membership (a $75 value)
- $45 for a one-year Dual Plus+ membership for two adults (a $95 value)
- $50 for a one-year Family Plus+ membership for two adults and up to four children age 17 or younger (a $110 value)
- $90 for a one-year Patron Family membership for two adults and up to four children age 17 or younger (a $210 value)<p>
For all four options, membership benefits include the following:
- Unlimited admission for a year to the Natural History Museum, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and the William S. Hart Museum
- Transferable member card good for any individual at any time; no need to identify them on member account
- Complimentary admission to the seasonal butterfly and spider pavilions
- Early access to new exhibits
- 10% discount on merchandise from the museum store and online
- Free subscription to The Naturalist and other museum publications
- Discounts on classes, camps, and field trips
- Invitations to members-only special events<p>
Plus+ memberships include one “unnamed membership” that can be transferred from one individual to another. The Patron Family membership includes all family membership privileges, plus a reciprocal membership at more than 300 participating museums, four guest passes, and free admission to Scavenger’s Safari tours.<p>
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
On November 6, 1913, Californians strolled from downtown Los Angeles to the newly minted Exposition Park in a ceremonial procession celebrating a new cultural milestone for the city: the opening of the Museum of History, Science, and Art. A century later, the museum, now known as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, celebrates its 100 years as a scientific resource while also showcasing a suite of technologically advanced exhibits developed over an eight-year transformation.
Proud past and dynamic future meet most prominently in the museum’s original Beaux-Arts-style edifice, now called the 1913 Building. With its handsome rotunda and a façade of neoclassical columns, the building has earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places—but its considerable historical legacy may become overshadowed by a more recent addition: the Dinosaur Hall, a 14,000-square-foot interactive exhibit featuring more than 300 fossils and 20 full-body mounts. The mounts include the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series, with side-by-side reconstructions of the youngest-known baby skeleton, a rare juvenile skeleton, and the young-adult skeleton of Thomas the T.rex, among the world’s top 10 most complete T.rex skeletons. Designed to let patrons get as near as possible to its specimens, the exhibit gives visitors the experience of walking beneath a dinosaur’s neck or staring straight up at a T.rex’s skull. Next to each mount, murals and graphic displays project how scientists believe the creatures would have looked before time stripped away their reptilian scales and dinosaur friendship bracelets.
The museum’s centennial year also includes the midsummer opening of Nature Gardens, a 3.5-acre outdoor habitat teeming with hummingbirds, gardening exhibits, and displays chronicling how the city’s flora has evolved over time. Nature Gardens will eventually frame the museum’s new main entrance, Otis Booth Pavilion, whose glass structure will provide a lasting sanctuary for one of the museum’s oldest displays: a 63-foot, 7,000-pound fin whale specimen. The lush flowers of the outdoor grounds also serve as a habitat for the roaming winged creatures of the seasonal Butterfly Pavilion.
The Natural History Museum’s centennial transformation will also include the addition of a permanent exhibit called Becoming L.A., opening in July, 2013. The 14,000-square-foot exhibit will showcase a collection of rare artifacts from the area’s Native American, Spanish Colonial, and Early American eras, as well as objects that reflect more contemporary L.A., such as the animation stand Walt Disney used to film Steamboat Willie, the first cartoon to feature Mickey Mouse.