he Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history – with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. We have over 350 staff, dedicated to helping us meet our mission to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.
In July 2011, the NHM celebrated the opening of its new award-winning Dinosaur Hall; in June 2013, our new North Campus, Nature Lab, and Otis Booth Pavilion added an additional 3 1⁄2 acres to our exhibit space thus ending our 100 year anniversary and beginning our next. As a research museum, part of its staff and part of its mission are dedicated to basic research in biological, geological, and cultural sciences. Analogous to a university, researchers on staff conceive of, generate funding for, and execute basic scientific research in their areas of specialization.