With laborious jobs, a mortgage to take care of and a mountain of responsibilities resting on their shoulders, my parents never really had the time to take us out anywhere as I was growing up. Quality time for us was mostly spent indoors, whether it’s coming together for family dinners every night or crowding the sofa to tune in on the latest soap opera episode. Many of these traditions continue when I am home and are forever cherished.
However, as a result of such an insular environment, I was never really exposed to the outside world much. I valued every opportunity that we did get to go out during my elementary and middle school years - field trips were my saving grace, my escape from the inner confines of reality at home. Some of these field trips consists of nature hikes around Eaton Canyon, strolls around the Los Angeles Zoo and the La Brea Tar Pits nearby the LACMA.
One of these field trips stood out for more than most — the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Perhaps it was my undying fascination with dinosaurs and archeology at a young age (I fervently subscribed to National Geographic through my Scholastic book orders every month) or it might have been fueled by my obsession towards Power Rangers (the very first season was dinosaur-themed) at the time. All I can remember was how distinctly behemoth the fossils were - to think that they once lived in a time well before humanity came into existence - it made me feel so little yet so connected to something so fantastical. It widened and opened my eyes to a whole new world. I was mesmerized, to say the least.
Since my days as an adolescent and teenager, the NHM has transformed and evolved in myriad of ways. It’s been a dream of mine to partner up with the museum that forever altered my state of mind and childhood. I recently had the opportunity to get deeply acquainted with the museum, once again, and here are some visual documentation of my overnight takeover at the NHM to explore my favorite exhibits through the same pair of eyes but from an entirely new angle. Both emotionally and literally.
Three of My Favorite Exhibits
A major part of this campaign is to emphasize the importance of having access to social and cultural institutions — such as the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles — at an early age. I was fortunate enough to have access thanks to the well-rounded education offer my experience in public school system, otherwise my world would’ve been that much smaller and myopic.
NHM and I believe that everyone should too, which is why we’re giving away an annual pass for a family of four! This giveaway is open to all but may only be preferable for those who currently reside in Los Angeles or plan to visit soon (and often). All you have to do is enter using the Gleam widget below. We cannot wait to hear your feedback in the comment section below! The deadline to enter is 6/15 by 11:59PM (PST).
I hope that by reliving some of my most treasured childhood memories, it would encourage you to support your local museums and educational institutions as well. So the Dinosaur Hall will continue to be majestic and awe-inspiring as ever; the Gem and Mineral Hall will shine as brightly as ever.