Newly Described Cacti from Baja California

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After years of research, miles of field work, and countless hours poring over herbarium specimens and scientific publications, Curator of Botany Jon Rebman, Ph.D., has discovered seven cacti that are new to science. These newly named species, just published in the scientific journal Madroño: A Western American Journal of Botany, include six chollas and one species of prickly-pear, all endemic to the Baja California region. Read more

  • Posted: August 14, 2015

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Middle Schoolers Become Exhibit Makers at theNAT

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Exhibits are at the heart of the museum experience for most people, but how is an exhibit made? What are necessary steps to see an exhibit come to life? And what do exhibits teams do exactly? This is exactly what a group of middle school campers learned last summer. Read more.

Volunteer Profile: Julie Blyth

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Julie Blyth received one of only four Friends of Balboa Park Inspiration Awards on October 21, 2014, an honor given to volunteers who have contributed countless hours of volunteer service to the Park’s organizations. Read more about Julie's selfless contributions here

 

Watch trailer for Tiny Giants 3D Tiny Giants 3D

Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see. From BBC Earth and narrated by Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Tiny Giants 3D is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes, a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. You’ll be transported into their astonishing world, showing that the smaller you are the bigger the adventure. Groundbreaking cinematography and cutting edge 3D achieve an incredible immersive intimacy that allows audiences to truly see and feel what life is like when you’re under one foot tall.

From April 27, 2015 To March 18, 2016

Watch trailer for  Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D

BBC Earth’s Walking with Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Planet 3D transports the audience to Cretaceous Alaska 70 million years ago to meet dinosaurs as they’ve never seen them before. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, the film takes viewers on a journey through the seasons to experience a year in the life of dinosaurs fighting, feeding, migrating, playing, and hunting. This new 20-minute 3D film was inspired by the 2013 major motion picture Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie.

Attention teachers and parents: Download our free Walking With Dinosaurs 3D Movie Educator Guide.

From January 1, 2015 To January 3, 2016

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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Discover what archaeologists know about the ancient Maya as well as the unresolved questions they continue to investigate. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed explores the fascinating social, natural, and spiritual realms of the ancient Maya through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the lesser-known people who were the backbone of Maya society. Explore the richness of Maya culture by examining centuries-old authentic artifacts, traditions, and worldview. Experience immersive life-size recreations of classic Maya architecture, and explore the hidden worlds of the Maya past and present.


Coast to Cactus in Southern California

Coast to Cactus in Southern California

Coast to Cactus in Southern California is an innovative permanent exhibition that will invite visitors to explore the unique habitats of southern California, from the coastal wetlands and urban canyons to the high mountains and the desert. Using specimens from the Museum’s scientific collections alongside immersive environments, hands-on interactives, live animals, and innovative media, Coast to Cactus will help visitors discover what it means to be a biodiversity hotspot: the story of why one region is home to so very many species, why these species are so critically threatened at this moment in history, and why it matters.


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.


 
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