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The Museum is Remodeled

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913. It has grown through several name changes, beginning with The Museum of History, Science, and Art. As the 21st Century began, plans were underway to rebuild this institution. In 2007, a long overdue major restoration began of the original 1913 part of the builidng. For some time, the east side of the museum was closed for renovation.
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June 3, 2007









October 4, 2009

The south facade with remodeling at the east end.
The exterior walls were opened.

The exterior walls were opened, exposing former exhibit space. .
The exterior walls were opened, exposing former exhibit space. The second floor had been oceanography, the first floor had been Pre-Columbian exhibits.
Future location of a new glass elevator.
New concrete wing wall to support a new glass elevator.
East end of south facade with sections removed.
Southeast corner.


Southeast corner.

The eastern facade of the 1913 building ,getting a face-lift.

Original 1913 entrance.

East facade.
The entrance to the former Staff Parking Lot.
The former Staff Parking Lot, now a large pile of broken asphalt and concrete.

The north facade beyond a pile of former parking lot.

Bronze dinosaur with demolition equipment beyond.

November 1, 2009


The new wing wall seen last month has had the forms removed.
The Rotunda, the center of the1913 building ,with construction all about.



The inside of the now closed North Entrance.

The outside of the now closed North Entrance.


The facade over the now closed North Entrance.

Dueling Dinosaurs and a pile of crushed parking lot.
A month earlier, the parking lot had been stripped of the asphalt. Now it's a hole ten feet deep.

The former staff lot.

April 11, 2010

New parking structure.


June 13, 2010


Newly restored 1913 entrance. June 2010.

New glass elevator nears completion in June 2010.

Southeast facade.
East end of south facade. New windows.
East end of south facade. Glass elevator and facade.
North campus slowly taking shape.
North campus slowly taking shape.
North campus slowly taking shape.
North campus slowly taking shape.
North campus slowly taking shape.

July 10, 2010

North campus slowly taking shape.
East end of south facade. Windows, glass elevator, and facade.

The new dinosaur hall will open in 2011.
North wing of 1013 builidng after restoration.

August 1, 2010

Glass elevator finished.

February 1, 2011


Dueling Dinosaurs has been moved to the northwest corner of the site.
The southeast corner with new windows and glass elevator.
Adding a new bridge will connect the old North Entrance to the street.
Adding the bridge to the old North Entrance.


May 21, 2011

The bronze Dueling Dinosaurs have been moved to the nothwest corner of the site, facing the new Metro Station.

The new parking lot is coming together.

Stone setters putting the finishing touches on the north side of the parking lot.
There is much activity getting the North Campus ready for a partial opening in July 2011.
This almost complete bridge will connect Exposition Boulevard, the new parking lot, and the new Metro Station to the Museum's north entrance.
Note construction equipment on the move and the test Metro Train beyond.

June 11, 2011


Parking lot almost finished.

Dueling Dinosaurs covered with plastic.

North Campus is coming together.

August 6, 2011

March 3, 2012

Artifacts in the Lando Hall being prepared for the new Los Angeles gallery.

Preparing the north entrance for the new 'glass box'.

Work continues on the North Campus.

September 27, 2012

Work begins on a new glass gallery to house the Fin Whale.

November 7, 2012

March 16, 2013


The Otis Booth Pavilion is almost finished.

This new loading dock will make installing temporary exhibits easier.

South facade.

May 23, 2013


Nature Garden nearing completion with Otis Booth Pavilion awaiting unveiling.


June 5, 2013


Finishing touches to the outdoor theater.

"Get Dirty" area almost coplete.

June 8 & 9, 2013

The renovated museum opens to the public. Finishing touches will continue.


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