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Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs

July 3 – October 2, 2016

Immerse yourself in this interactive exhibition and explore the remarkable diversity of pterosaur species. Travel back in time and take off with these prehistoric kings of the air who ruled the skies during the time dinosaurs dominated the land. Pterosaurs flew with their fingers and walked on their wings. Some were gigantic and others could fit in the palm of your hand. 

Discover the mysterious world of pterosaurs in this exciting exhibition where you can explore hands-on interactive apps, walk under life-size models, and soar through the skies over prehistoric landscapes as you pilot your own pterosaur in our whole-body motion capture interactive.       

L.A. skies will never be the same when Pterosaurs takes flight at NHMLA this July.

Pterosaurs are coming to Los Angeles at NHMLA


MEMBERSHIP: See this exhibition for free, become a Member today!

CURRENT MEMBERS: Reserve your tickets today
GROUP VISITS: Bring your group in to see this special exhibit.  Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more people.

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.


Member Previews

Member Preview Days
September 10-September 17, 9:30 am - 5 pm daily

As a Member you get to see it first with free unlimited tickets to Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs. Get a rare, up-close look at a selection of 20 mummies originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, and from many historic ages and backgrounds.

Reserve your free tickets today!

VIP Opening Reception
September 10, 2015, 7-10 pm

Fellows Members are invited to this exclusive party celebrating the West Coast Premiere of Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs, our new temporary exhibit developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. Get a rare, up-close look at a collection of over 20 mummies, many of which have never been on public display, originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, and from many historic ages and backgrounds. Enjoy cocktails and refreshments, meet curators and archaeologists, and be the first to see this astonishing new exhibit.

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs Patron Party
September 11, 2015, 7-10 pm

Members at the Patron level and above are invited to this exclusive party centered around our new exhibit, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs. Discover the burial secrets of ancient peoples, along with new details about their lives and culture, while enjoying cocktails and refreshments.

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About the Exhibit

NHMLA hosted the world premiere of the Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs exhibition in the Fall of 2015. Here guests got a rare, up-close look at a selection of 20 mummies, many of which had never been on public display, originating from ancient Egypt and Peru, and from many historic ages and backgrounds. This exhibition reveals these people’s burial secrets, new details about their lives, and the societies they lived in.

Also on display were richly decorated coffins, sarcophaguses, mummification tools, and mummies of birds, cats, and crocodiles. At interactive touchtables, you can “unwrap” layers of mummies, to see the precious objects the bodies were buried with, as well as vivid details about the individual children, teens, and adults who lived out their lives in ancient times. Using the modern technology of CT scanning, scientists have revealed a detailed look into long-vanished cultures of Peru and Egypt.

Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

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Duncan Alanson Spencer (1911-1999)

Duncan Spencer was born in Los Angeles and studied art at the Chouinard Art Institute in the 1930s. He then took further instruction in watercolor painting from Arthur Beaumo and became a member of the American Watercolor Society. He worked as a scenic artist in the motion picture industry from the 1940s through the 1970s. He also produced California style watercolor paintings depicting regional subjects and exhibited them in annual watercolor society shows. Spencer produced a number of large scale background dioramas featuring landscape subjects for museum and corporate displays.

Robert Russell Reid

Robert Russell Reid began his professional career as a commercial illustrator. After ten years in advertising he obtained his first commission as a muralist, creating a life-sized depiction of an Indian village for the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This led to several dioramas for the Wilbur May Museum in Reno, Nevada, the "Penguin Encounter" in San Diego's Sea World, and numerous movie and commercial set backdrops. Reid joined the museum staff in 1985. During the past twenty years he has painted many of the backgrounds for the African Mammal Hall dioramas and two of the dioramas in the North American Mammal Hall. He was also responsible for much of the art in the Schreiber Hall of Birds, the background for the Chaparral Hall, and two murals for the Page Museum. In addition, he has contributed many smaller paintings and illustrations for the museum's traveling exhibit program as well as artwork for the Petersen Automotive Museum and Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Hanson Duvall Puthuff (1875-1972)

Hanson Duvall Puthuff was born in 1875 in Waverly, Missouri. After studying at the Chicago Art Institute, he moved to Colorado for art training in 1893 at the University of Denver Art School and then the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. He was an established pictorial artist when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1903, where he worked for the next twenty-three years as a commercial artist, primarily painting billboards as well as a theater scene painter. He also was a significant teacher of private art classes. His great love, however, was "plein aire" landscape painting, which he took up full time in 1926. In addition to his own artistic achievements, Puthuff was an activist in the art community. He was assisted in the formation of the two most important artists organizations of the period, the California Art Club and the Art Students League of Los Angeles. He won numerous awards including a Diploma from the Alaska-Yukon Exposition in 1892 and Silver Medals at the Panama-California Exposition in 1915. He was a member of numerous clubs, including the California Art Club, the Laguna Beach Art Association, the Los Angeles Watercolor Society, the Pasadena Society of Artists, the Salmagundi Club of New York, the San Francisco Art Association, and the Southern States Art Association, and the Southern States Art League.

Frank J. Mackenzie (1865-1939)

Frank Joseph MacKenzie (1865-1939) was born in London, England, where he studied at the Royal Academy and won the Turner gold medal and a traveling fellowship. He later studied in Paris at Académie Julian. After spending some time in southern Africa, he came to the United States to design the Boer War exhibit at the St Louis World's Fair of 1904. He moved to San Francisco in 1910 but also maintained a studio-home in Washington, DC. He painted dioramas at many museums across the United States including the Hall of Sciences and African Hall in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco), American Museum of Natural History, Springfield (Massachusetts) Museum, and the Trenton (New Jersey) Museum. He was the husband of artist Florence Bryant MacKenzie and died in San Francisco.

Florence Bryant MacKenzie (1890-1968)

Florence Louise Bryant was born in Boston and studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, the National School of Fine & Applied Arts, and the Philadelphia School of Design for Women. In 1933 she married artist Frank J. MacKenzie (her second marriage). She maintained studios in San Francisco and in Washington, DC where she was the head artist for the Bureau of Exhibits and United States Forestry Service from 1917-42. She was a member of the Washington Art Club, Society for Sanity in Art, and Society of Western Artists. She exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) during the 1930s and at the Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor in the 1940s.