Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
With a collection of 35 million items consisting of natural history specimens and cultural artifacts, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is one of the largest museums in the western United States. The total amount of It was established in 1913 as the Museum of History, Science, and Art. Among its collections are the famous La Brea Pitt Ice Age fossils, the largest of its kind in the world, gemstones, ancient sea creature fossils, and, interestingly, Charlie Chapman's tramp costume. The building itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Backstory and Context
The building was designed by Frank Hudson and William Munsell and they incorporated Beaux Arts, Romanesque, and Spanish Revival elements. In 1963, the art department moved to another building that would become the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The museum then became simply the Museum of History and Science, but the name was eventually changed to its current one. The last major renovation occurred in 2009.
Reiner, Burton. "Natural History Museum." National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service. March 4, 1975. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/a55eb8b7-7e90-4bc9-80c6-12237b57d804.
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