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Being Los Angeles

A community engagement initiative celebrating L.A. history, heritage, and communities.

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proud to be a part of a vibrant and diverse community of Angelenos who are coming together to educate, reflect, and celebrate how L.A. residents have helped shape Los Angeles. With our archives and collections, we look back at the lives and feats of the Angelenos who came before us. With our exhibitions, programs, and partnerships, we make connections between the past and present, weaving together history with stories from people who call L.A. home today.
Here you'll find highlights from our collections that speak to the natural and cultural heritage of L.A., and stories from Angelenos who work to build community, inclusivity, and access. 

Celebrating Diversity in L.A.

Bringing Access to the Museum

Out in the Community 

Join the Museum out in L.A. at the upcoming community events, festivals and fairs!

Sunday, September 3, 2023
West Adams Block Party

5419 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
12 PM – 9 PM | All ages,

The West Adam’s Block Party is a community-driven, cultural event for all ages. Highlights include musical performances, live art installations, a variety of vendors, food trucks, and a Kids Zone curated with education and sports programming. NHMLAC will be activated in the Kids Zone, bringing the fossil sorting activity from our L.A. Underwater exhibition. Learn more 

Saturday, September 16, 2023
3rd Annual Deaf Latinos y Familias Expo

200 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012
10 AM – 4 PM | All ages

Join the Museum at this tri-lingual event highlighting deaf-owned businesses and organizations in a place where this diverse, intersectional community can come together! Meet Nibbles, the saber-toothed cat marionette, and discover our city's Ice Age past.  Learn more

Saturday, September 30, 2023
Beyond the Book

The Downey City Library 11121 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241
11 AM – 7 PM | All ages

Join the Museum at Downey City Library's annual extravaganza, celebrating the artists, makers, crafters, writers, musicians, and performers that make Downey and the greater Los Angeles region shine! Stop by our booth for container gardening tips from our amazing Horticulture team! Learn more

Saturday, September 30th, 2023 & Sunday October 1st, 2023
29th Anniversary Hart of the West Pow Wow

William S. Hart Regional Park 24151 Newhall Ave, Newhall, CA 91321
Saturday: 11 AM – 6 PM
Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
All ages

Join the Museum's Community Partner, the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, as they partner with LA County Parks and Recreation and the City of Santa Clarita for the 29th Pow Wow at William S. Hart Park. The Annual Hart of the West Powwow gathers Native American families and spectators an opportunity to experience heritage and culture with Native dances and hymns. This gathering is all about singing and dancing, honoring individuals and culture. Learn more