Fossil Mysteries

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The Natural World: Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen

The Natural World: Photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Through panoramic photographs and journal excerpts, follow award-winning photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen to 10 of the world’s last great places. Mangelsen’s work takes spectators on his daily excursions through the jungles of India, across the plains of the Serengeti, and into the icebergs of Antarctica. This visually stimulating exhibition investigates humanity’s relationship with nature and is drawn from Mangelsen’s most recent fine art book The Natural World.


SKULLS

SKULLS

SKULLS contains close to 200 skulls from theNAT’s research collections of animals from all over the world, from the tiny to the spectacular. Mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are all on display, showcasing an eye-popping array of horns, beaks, bills, teeth, and more.


Water: A California Story

Water: A California Story

Through photos, maps, video, and hands-on activities, learn about current, local issues on land and in the ocean. Examine the infrastructure of the regional water system, and discover how we import the majority of our water and the costs associated with this practice. Water: A California Story also looks at effects of a changing climate on our region’s water supply and reveals how southern Californians can help protect water for future generations. Natural history specimens and live animals will serve as reminders that the natural environment and its inhabitants are also legitimate users of water resources.


Fossil Mysteries

Fossil Mysteries

From dinosaurs to mastodons, discover the rich fossil history of our region. In this major exhibition, created by the Museum, ponder a mystery, examine the strong fossil evidence from the Museum's collection, and use scientific tools to discover answers. Traveling through a 75-million-year timeline, from the age of dinosaurs to the Ice Ages, experience an unfolding of the prehistory of southern California and Baja California, Mexico.