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Fellows Events

These VIP events are exclusively for Fellows members. To attend these one-of-a-kind receptions, lectures, trips, dinners, and more, please call the Fellows office at 213.763.3253 to upgrade today and for more information on all the select Fellows events. Benefit level varies with each event.

Fellows in Focus: Placerita Canyon Bioblitz
Sunday, July 30, 2017 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fellows members are invited to join us at Placerita Canyon, a park encompassing oak woodland, chaparral, and riparian plant communities on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains, to help NHMLA learn more about the insects, birds, and lizards that call this preserve home. Hear from and work alongside our adventurous crew of scientists and educators seeking out answers to real-world questions.

All attendees will get to participate in smoke fly catching with Brian Brown, bird watching with Kimball Garrett, ant traps with Terry McGlynn, and iNaturalist walks with Greg Pauly and Lisa Gonzalez.

Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP, reserve your spot ONLINE, call 213.763.3253, or email fellows@nhm.org no later than July 21, 2017.

Alliance Circle Luncheon: The DISCO Era
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 | 11:30 am-2 pm

Fellows at the Alliance Circle and above are invited to our quarterly Alliance Circle Luncheon.

Enjoy a delicious catered lunch, a Museum update from Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga, an Advancement Report from Tom Jacobson and a presentation by NHMLA’s Marine Biodiversity Center that will highlight their new Diversity Initiative for the Southern California Ocean (DISCO). Undeterred by hard-to-reach habitats, our scientists are cataloging and monitoring coastal communities in a whole new way – by looking for their DNA in seawater. After the discussion, you will have the opportunity to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marine Biodiversity Center.

For the $3,500 Alliance Circle level and above. Call 213.763.3253 to upgrade today.

Fall Alliance Circle Salons

Fellows at the Alliance Circle level and above are invited to an intimate gathering in the homes of fellow members and donors for a presentation from a Museum curator or scientist.

Resinating Beauty

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Join us for cocktails, appetizers, and a presentation by Dr. Brian Brown about NHMLA’s newly acquired Oschin Amber Collection. Look under the microscope and learn firsthand what stories these specimen tell about Europe’s environmental landscape 55 million years ago.

Primary Color

Saturday, November 4, 2017
Spend a colorful afternoon enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while Dr. Aaron Celestian leads an illuminated discussion about the science of mineral color, their use as pigments, and how they have been used from pre-history to the modern era.

Save the Date - Upcoming Fellows Events

Fellows in Focus: Skin Deep

October 2017

TATTOO Opening Reception

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Alliance Circle Luncheon

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fellows in Focus: Bone Clones

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Alliance Circle Dinner

March 2018

Alliance Circle Salons

March and April 2018

Taste of History

April 2018

Fellows in Focus

May 2018

Alliance Circle Luncheon

June 2018


Private Tours are available to Fellows

Private, behind-the-scenes collections tours are available to Fellows level members from 10 am- 4 pm, Monday-Friday. Please allow two weeks advance notice to book tours. Call the Fellows office at 213.763.3253 or e-mail at fellows@nhm.org to start booking today. Visit the Research and Collections page to see available departments.

Past Events

Fellows had the opportunity to attend five Fellows in Focus events last year, including:
  • A private screening of the new documentary The Cat That Changed America and a Q&A with the film's crew.
  • An exploration of the cultural roots, meanings, and impacts of stories about extinction from renowned author Ursual Heise in her book Imagining Extinction: The Cultural Meanings of Endangered Species.
  • An exclusive viewing of the Juliet pink diamond, the Argyle violet diamond, the Victorian orchid diamond, and the rainbow diamond necklace with Mineral Sciences Curator, Aaron Celestian.
  • A cocktail reception and presentation from Susan Gottlieb about native plants and her new book The Gottlieb Native Garden: A California Love Story.
  • A presentation from Dr. Jared Diamond, UCLA anthropologist and NHMLA research associate, celebrating the launch of  NHMLA Journeys and our upcoming trip to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

 Our previous spring and fall Salons featured:
  • A look at the science of soil with NHMLA Head Gardener Richard Hayden.
  • The story of four young atheletes from L.A.'s Italian, Jewish, and Mexican American neighborhoods and their journey from poverty to the 1924 Paris Olympics presented by Dr. William Estrada, Curator of History.
  • A firsthand look with Kimball Garret, Ornithology Collections Manger, at the birds that call Southern California home and the impacts urbanization and exotic gardens are having on their distribution.
  • A behind-the-scenes look with NHMLA Conservator, Tania Collas, at the meticulous work required by NHMLA conservators to prepare early Hollywood artifacts from Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle for international loan.

Opening VIP Receptions for Extreme Mammals: Odd Features. Unusual Creatures. in May 2017, and an Opening Reception in July 2017 for Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs.