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September 16, 2008

Spider Pavilion at NHM in Los Angeles



Spider Pavilion Members Preview Days September 19 Friday 10:00 am -5:00pm
All members are invited to experience the Spider Pavilion before it opens to the general public. Join us for family crafts and special presentations by Museum experts, who will show you just how beneficial spiders are to the environment. Don’t miss your exclusive opportunity to hang out with these eight-legged wonders. Members receive free tickets throughout the run of the exhibit.

September 20 Saturday 10:00 am -5:00 pm Spider Pavilion Members Preview Days
All members are invited to experience the Spider Pavilion before it opens to the general public. Join us for family crafts and special presentations by Museum experts, who will show you just how beneficial spiders are to the environment. Don’t miss your exclusive opportunity to hang out with these eight-legged wonders. Members receive free tickets throughout the run of the exhibit.

Visit one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history. As the largest natural and historical museum in the Western United States and an active research center, NHM safeguards more than 35 million spectacular, diverse specimens and artifacts covering 4.5 billion years of history.

Natural History Museum FactsThe Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a crown jewel of Los Angeles' museums. A national leader in exhibitions, education and research, the Museum was L.A.'s first cultural institution to open its doors to the public in 1913. It is the largest natural and historical museum in the Western United States, safe guarding more than 35 million spectacular, diverse specimens and artifacts.

Three floors of permanent exhibits enthrall the entire family with minds-on exploration. The towering "Dueling Dinosaurs," complete skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops in battle, greet visitors in the majestic Grand Foyer. In addition to special exhibitions, the Museum boasts magnificent permanent halls that feature grand dioramas of African and American mammals, rare dinosaurs and fossils, marine animals, Pre-Columbian culture, and historical artifacts from California and Southwest history, as well as early Hollywood memorabilia. The exquisite Gem & Mineral Hall features the largest collection of gold in the United States. The kid-friendly Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center and Insect Zoo, located on the ground floor, provides interactive family learning with “handle-able” specimens such as shells and fossils; terrariums filled with insects, reptiles and amphibians; and Gallery Interpreters who answer questions and offer daily animal presentations. In the Paleo Dig Pit, kids learn can about excavation by digging for dinosaur bones.

The Museum is also an active research center. The Research & Collections Department spans the areas of living and fossil invertebrates (echinoderms, crustacea, worms, entomology, and mollusks), vertebrates (birds, mammals, reptiles, fishes), mineralogy, anthropology (Native American, Pre-Columbian and Pacific) and history (California and Southwestern).

The Museum offers free admission to Los Angeles Unified schools, and offers monthly lectures and classes. Children's educational programs and hands-on science programs such as "Adventures in Nature" are offered each winter/summer.

The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd. The Museum is open Monday-Friday 9:30am-5:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 10:00am-5:00pm.

Admission is $9 for adults, $2 for children 5 - 12 and $6.50 for students/seniors. Children under 5 are free. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounted rates by calling (213) 763-3218. For 24-hour Museum information please call (213) 763-DINO or visit the Museum's website at www.nhm.org.

The Natural History Museum Family includes the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits and the William S. Hart Museum.

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