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Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Helps Celebrate Natural History Museum's 'Lost' Eagle Restoration Project

Lost Eagle

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas helped unveil the replacement terracotta eagle that was once perched atop the Beaux-Arts East Portico entrance of the Natural History Museum 89 years ago,

Damaged in an earthquake in June 1920, the historic six-foot adornment has been re-created using Museum archival records and a little artistic imagination. The new eagle is modernly reinforced to keep it perched above the historic structure for many years to come.

The installation of the new eagle was completed just in time for the 4th of July weekend, culminating more than two years of construction work and architectural preservation of the historic core of the Museum—the magnificent 1913 Building which is the centerpiece of a landmark $91 million institution-wide transformation.

“For almost 90 years, this 1913 historic building has been without the presence of a 6-foot eagle that was set atop its entrance in the early 1900’s,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas said. “Today’s unveiling provides a symbolic finale for such a wonderful restoration project. You can say …. The eagle has landed!”

The Supervisor added that the newly crafted monumental piece has been “earthquake proofed,” with an internal steel armature throughout its wings.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County serves more than one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education.

The Natural History Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles to open its doors to the public in 1913, and has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history – more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd, between Menlo Ave and Kinsey Ave. For more information call (213) 763-DINO or visit www.nhm.org.

VIDEO: Natural History Museum


The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum in Exposition Park is not only a top Second District attraction but one of the best museums of its kind in the world. Watch the video above to get a taste of the incredible exhibits being showcased now and to see what is in store for the future.

Important Briefing By The Supervisor On The Budget Crisis And The Special Election

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Briefing on the Special Election and
The California Budget Crisis

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
6 p.m – 8:30 p.m

(Registration at 5:30 p.m.)

California Science Center
Loker Conference Room
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, California

Please RSVP to
rbarbosa@bos.lacounty.gov
or 213-743-7200

Dinosaur Encounters At The Natural History Museum

Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Look no further than Dinosaur Encounters at the L.A. County Natural History Museum in Expo Park.

In Dinosaur Encounters, two life-sized juvenile dinosaur puppets — a 14-foot Tyrannosaurus rex and a 9-foot Triceratops – roam the halls of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

To create Dinosaur Encounters, Museum paleontologists collaborated with puppet fabricators and performers to bring the dinosaurs to “life,” while still ensuring authentic detail and movement. These amazingly realistic creatures help us better understand dinosaur behavior, anatomy and survival tactics.

Although the presentations are educational, there is also an experiential component to Dinosaur Encounters. In programs so far, children have talked to, danced with, and pet the dinosaurs – and the photo and video opportunities are endless.

Wednesday through Friday, 10:15 am and 11:15 am

Saturday through Sunday, 11:15 am, 1:15 pm, 3:15 pm

Famed Red Diamond Returns to Natural History Museum

The “Kazanjian Red” drew thousands of visitors when it first appeared at the Museum last October. It left four months later, stopping in Carlsbad, California where it was scrutinized by gem experts at the Gemological Institute of America. Now the diamond has returned for a second engagement in the Museum’s Gem and Mineral Hall. It will be on view from April 6 to May 29, 2009.

Though there are many diamonds with a pink hue, true blood-red diamonds are the rarest of gems — only three large stones are known to exist. And of that trio, none has as fascinating and exciting history as the Kazanjian Red.

Read more about the Kazanjian Red.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Boulevard. The Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6.50 for students and seniors; and $2 for children 5-12. For 24-hour Museum information please call (213) 763-DINO or visit www.nhm.org.