L.A.’s natural history museum completes reimagining of buildings and grounds
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles completed a full-scale transformation this month with the opening of its new Nature Gardens and Nature Lab and the Otis Booth Pavilion with an iconic Fin Whale specimen. The four-year, $135 million project included a renovation and restoration of its original building and its historic rotunda.
Led by CO Architects, the project’s goal was to better weave the institution into the community through greater transparency and outreach. The museum’s site and gardens were wholly reworked with an eye toward achieving better connections between indoor and outdoor program space, and more than 60% of the indoor space was remodeled to bring in more light, add a cafe, and create additional gallery space for temporary and permanent exhibitions.