Street Names of Los Angeles

You may ride, drive, bike, run and walk your L.A. streets, but do you know the history behind L.A. street names?
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Museum Archives Graphics Gallery

Museum Archives Graphics Gallery

What is "Material Culture"?

Need more info about history terminology, our artifacts, or donation procedures? The History Department has answers to a number of frequently asked questions.
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Behind-the-Scenes Tours

Cars have rolled out... to a new home!

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has been collecting and preserving California’s automotive culture since 1929. Today, the Museum’s automotive collection is the largest on the West Coast at a public institution. The collection consists of 75 historic cars and motorcycles dating from 1900 to 1984. Until recently, the collection has been housed in “Cardena” in Gardena, CA. As part of a department-wide collection consolidation and move, the cars have rolled out to their new home in Carson, CA.

The Natural History Museum plans to again offer its behind-the-scenes tour series at our new collection facility in 2013. Typically 60 or so of the 75 vehicles are on view (the number fluctuates depending on loans and Museum exhibits) including the 1908 Pierce Great Arrow which won Best in Class in the Pre-War Preservation Class and the Chairman’s Trophy at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance! Tour participants will learn about the history of automotive design, and Los Angeles’ rich — and sometimes surprising — automotive past.

Stay tuned for more information of when these behind-the scenes tours will begin again! For updates on the behind-the-scene tours, please contact or (213) 763-3218.