Sometimes, the best kept secret for the perfect outing can be found right under your nose.
While I have received compensation for this post from TapInfluence, all opinions are my own.
Looking for the perfect date, family, or girlfriend outing? Something that is unique, original, relaxing, informative, inexpensive, and fun? Have you considered your local natural history museum? Really. I recently rediscovered the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and boy, was I ever surprised – and delighted – at what a great destination place it turned out to be.
When was the last time you visited your local natural history museum? For me, it had been at least 40 years (no kidding) since I had gone to the oldest museum in Los Angeles. The original Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913. The main entrance faced the east originally and there were just three halls: History, Science, and Art. Today, the newly remodeled entrance faces the north and there are numerous halls, rooms, a pavilion, and recently added #naturegardens and Nature Lab. The museum is modern, technology savvy, and all about hands-on discovering.
I brought a girlfriend along with me for a “girls day out.” Our first stop inside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County was downstairs to the Nature Lab.
I wasn’t sure what to expect. What we found was a state-of-art, highly interactive experience showing the different aspects of nature that can be found in and around Los Angeles. There were exhibits on birds, insects, animals, and rodents with invitations to tell your own story with these creatures. There was also a working lab, the Bioscan Project, with technicians working on cataloging insects collected from 30 jars placed around LA County. The techs were happy to explain the project and their roles. What a great place to investigate nature in every day life – something I know I don’t give a second thought to.
Next, we went outside the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and explored the #naturegardens. What was up until 2012 a parking lot, these #naturegardens represent the different types of plants found in the Los Angeles area. Each day, a guided tour is offered at 4:00 p.m. for visitors.
We did a self-guided tour. There were plenty of signs to direct us and point out the different features. I especially liked the Edible Garden. Everything in the area could be eaten. There were signs identifying the plants and even recipes on how to use them in my every day cooking.
We also spent time in the Butterfly Pavilion. An additional ticket needs to be purchased to visit this exquisite garden filled with plants and all kinds of butterfly species. Here, we learned that the reason why we couldn’t touch the butterflies was because their taste buds are on their feet and the oils from my hands and arm could clog the pores, starving the butterflies.
Before we left, we took one of the free tours offered at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. What a great way to learn secrets about the museum in a short amount of time. We took the Exploration Tour with Jose Roberto as our very knowledgeable guide.
He titled our tour, “Why people came to California. He took us on a historical tour to three halls: Gem and Minerals (gold), Fossils (California has the largest find of fossils), and Movies (California’s varied environments provided perfect backdrops).
At the end of our day, I was already planning my next trip back. I know my husband will enjoy a fun and unique date to the museum. And I can’t wait to bring my grandsons when they come to visit later this summer. The Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County is a great destination for all ages.
For more information on the museum, please visit NHM.org
I am really glad that I became reacquainted to this treasure. When will you be visiting?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural History Museum via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine.