‘Becoming Los Angeles’

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‘Becoming Los Angeles’

An exhibition for the ages is now on display at the newly renovated Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

‘Becoming Los Angeles’ is a massive 14,000-square-foot interactive history lesson on one of the most alluring, creatively driven cities on Earth. L.A. wasn’t always glitzy and glamorous, though, and this exhibit traces the City of Angels’ roots to a very humble existence through its emergence as a cultural, agricultural and industrial hub.

Six major sections combine to create an interactive 240-year historical timeline:

Los Angeles and the region at the time of Spanish contact → the Spanish Mission Era → the Mexican Rancho Era → the early American Period → the emergence of a new American city in the late 19th and early 20th centuries → the Great Depression and World War II to the present.

From the Golden Hills to the Gold Rush; and of course to the cheap land that would become Hollywood, ‘Becoming Los Angeles’ outlines L.A.’s dramatic evolution from barren hills to creative capital of the world.

“Come meet L.A.’s Native Americans, colonists, and settlers; rancheros, citrus growers and oil barons; captains of industry, boosters and radicals; filmmakers, innovators and more,” the museum says.

If you can’t make it, click here for the official photo gallery.