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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.

 

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with Jared Diamond

August 25 - September 14, 2018

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

 

Dear Friends,

 

I am pleased to invite you to join me on the inaugural expedition of NHMLA Journeys. Exclusive to members at the Fellows level, this new travel program will take you far beyond L.A. to experience firsthand the wonders that inspire our researchers’ incredible work. In August 2018, we will set sail with legendary UCLA anthropologist and NHMLA research associate, Professor Jared Diamond, for a special voyage of discovery to the Coral Triangle – Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands – aboard the small luxury expedition ship L’Austral.  The natural and cultural history of this region is so rich it is difficult to know where to begin to describe it.

 

The islands in the heart of the Coral Triangle comprise the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. Their history is filled with battles for control of the valuable spices – cloves, nutmeg, mace – that were once grown only here. During World War II, the islands were a major theater of conflict. The cultures of the indigenous peoples have fascinated western scholars for generations. It was here that Margaret Mead conducted the interviews that led to her influential study of Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies. The region also inspired our special guest lecturer, Jared Diamond, who developed the themes of his Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel during the time he spent among the people of New Guinea.

 

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has an extensive collection of materials from this part of the world, due in significant part to the generosity of John Ward Williams (New Guinea) and William Preston Harrison (Solomon Islands). These fascinating artifacts played a key role in research of the Coral Triangle from the 1930s to the 1970s. This August 2018 voyage offers members of the Museum an opportunity to see in person the places and cultures that produced these treasures, all while in the company of one of the world’s most acclaimed scholars.

 

I hope you will join me on this incredible journey. 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

 

 

Professor Diamond says of this Expedition: “I’ve been visiting New Guinea and the Solomon Islands for 52 years. I keep going back—29 times so far—because, in my unbiased opinion, they are the most fascinating area of the world! Nothing can match them for human diversity, beauty, and biological richness and interest on land and in the water. The only disadvantage of visiting New Guinea and the Solomons is that, once you have been there, all the rest of the world will seem to you boring by comparison. I’m looking forward to sharing with you my pleasure in New Guinea and Solomon Island people, languages, birds, coral reefs, fish, and World War Two history. I’ve been telling my wife Marie about that part of the world ever since we met almost 40 years ago, but she has never been there. Now, at last, I will be able to show Marie, and you, why I keep returning.”

 

 

 

 

Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands with Jared Diamond

Expedition Details

Expedition Dates: August 25 to September 14, 2018

 

FARES PER PERSON, DOUBLE OCCUPANCY


All accommodations aboard L’Austral face outside affording sea views,
and, other than the eight superior staterooms, all feature private balconies.
Each stateroom includes a bedroom with either two twin-size beds or a
king-size bed, sitting area (separate living room for the Prestige Suites),
mini-bar, safe, spacious closets, climate control, telephone, WiFi access,
TV with movies on demand, iPod player, and bathroom with marble vanity,
shower, and fine amenities.

Superior Staterooms $10,290
Deluxe Staterooms $10,990
Prestige Staterooms, Deck 4 $11,490
Prestige Staterooms, Deck 5 $11,790
Prestige Staterooms, Deck 6 $12,190
Deluxe Suites $16,090
Prestige Suites, Deck 5 $18,190
Owner's Suite $18,790

 

For more information, please contact Dominic LoBuglio, Major Gifts Coordinator, at 213.763.3348 or dlobuglio@nhm.org.

Download voyage information (PDF)