The Natural History Museum Goes Prehistoric

By Michael Berick

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This summer you can fly like a pterosaur. PHOTO BY MARIO DE LOPEZ / NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY

Southern California’s dinosaur invasion gathers speed in July. In April, “Dinosaurs Unextinct” came to life at the L.A. Zoo and you can still encounter the 17 life-size animatronic creatures there through the end of October. “Extreme Dinosaurs” appeared at the Discovery Cube OC in late May and will remain there until Sept. 4. This month, pterosaurs will be arriving at the Natural History Museum.

The NHM’s new “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” exhibit gives paleontology fans the opportunity to learn about these winged creatures that ruled the skies during the Jurassic and Cretaceous eras. Through interactive displays, ancient fossils and walk-through, full-size models, visitors can explore the world of the pterosaurs. You can even pretend to be a pterosaur in a Virtual Flight Lab.

On July 16 and Aug. 14, the museum will host family day events from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., which will include appearances from NHM’s paleontologists, displays of rare specimens and some terrific pterosaur-themed hands-on activities.

This exhibit runs July 3-Oct. 2. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, and tickets, which are timed and include museum admission, cost $22 adults, $19 ages 13-17, $10 ages 3-12. Advance reservations are recommended.

 

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