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NHMLA Journeys

The Natural History Museum has brought a world of discovery to Los Angeles for over a century. Now, NHMLA Journeys is our chance to take you far beyond L.A. to experience firsthand the wonders that inspire our researchers’ incredible work.


On each of our journeys, NHMLA researchers will lead their own uniquely crafted itineraries through fascinating locations around the globe. Expeditions will be limited to intimate groups of Fellows members and feature access to people and places no other excursion can provide. Travelers will visit research sites related to our experts’ groundbreaking work at the forefront of science. Along the way, they will explore the culture, history, and beauty of some of the world’s most special places.


Participation in NHMLA Journeys is an exclusive benefit for the Museum's Fellows members. To learn more about this group of extraordinary benefactors and Fellows membership levels and benefits, click here. If you are ready to join, please click here and we will be happy to welcome you as our newest Fellows.


A message from President and Director Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga:


Dear Friends,


I am thrilled to announce the second expedition of NHMLA Journeys. Following our sold-out voyage to Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, May 2019 will see us embarking with NHMLA paleontologist Dr. Luis Chiappe for an incredible journey through Spain.


Spain is an ideal destination to demonstrate the Natural History Museum's vision to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. Our travels throughout the country will be a unique opportunity to explore the complex natural and cultural influences that have made Spain the incredible place it is today.


In the evenings, we'll relax at unique and historic hotels constructed across the many centuries of Spain's long history, from the distant past to Frank Gehry. Our days will be filled with the best of Spanish music, cuisine, architecture, art, and more.


All of this amazing Spanish culture, of course, rests above a paleontological and geological treasure trove. Dr. Chiappe will take us deep into Spain's prehistoric past, unlocking the mysteries of dinosaur finds at sites like Asturias, Igea, and Valdecillo. We'll go behind the scenes to see priceless fossil collections rarely shown to the public, explore human evolution, and read our planet's history on the cliffs of the breathtaking Caminito del Rey.


While the Natural History Family of Museums calls Los Angeles home, we are also a truly global institution. Our interconnected world presents unprecedented challenges, as well as new opportunities to develop solutions through the study of our planet and the sharing of that knowledge. Our researchers are active all over the world, studying the ways Earth and its inhabitants shape each others. NHMLA Journeys is our chance to share that experience with you.


I hope you'll join me for our Spanish adventure in 2020. For more information, please contact Dominic LoBuglio, Major Gifts Coordinator, at 213.763.3348 or dlobuglio@nhm.org.


Warmest regards,

Lori Bettison-Varga

President and Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County