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L.A.'s Natural History Museum to receive $1-million grant for new permanent exhibition

January 12, 2010 |  5:00 pm

Nhm The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County announced today that it is set to receive a $1-million grant that will go toward what it is calling a new "landmark" permanent exhibition.

"Under the Sun: Los Angeles, California and the World" is scheduled to open in 2012 and will broadly explore the history of Southern California, including ways in which diverse communities interacted with the land to shape the area. 

The museum said that the new grant is coming from the James Irvine Foundation. The foundation previously provided support for the museum's 2004 exhibition "L.A.: light/motion/dreams." 

"Under the Sun" will build upon the 2004 show, according to the museum, and will be the final component of a new suite of exhibitions at the museum, which currently is undergoing extensive renovations. 

The Natural History Museum said that the new exhibition will bring together local artists, arts educators and curators from around Southern California. The team behind "Under the Sun" includes staff from more than five of the museum’s divisions including  anthropology, mammalogy and ornithology.

In addition, the staff exhibit team is working with the exhibit design firm Christopher Chadbourne & Associates and the firm Hodgetts + Fung, according to the museum.

The museum said "Under the Sun" will be preceded by at least two other new exhibitions -- "Age of Mammals" in the summer of 2010  and "Dinosaur Mysteries" in 2011.

-- David Ng

Photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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