Is It Any Good?

An Art display at the Natural History Museum celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

This was a little weird. Last year as the centennial of the Aqeduct that keeps this town from drying up and blowing away with the next stiff breeze. To celebrate, you’d think that the Natural History Museum would do a little more than…well, what they did.

They hired a local artist to illustrate several concepts…detailing the relationship Los Angeles has to it’s water supply for their exhibit: Just Add Water.


The drawings are…well…nice enough. Some of them are a bit oddball. The one painting showing just the sun was one such example, but you get the idea soon enough.

My problem is that I really wanted a historical presentation about the Aqueduct. There’s a small exhibit over at the Avila Adobe, but’s it’s been closed as they’re discovered a new part of the Zanja Madre (Mother Ditch) down there, and it’s now an active achealogical site. You figure that after a exhibit like Becoming L.A., they’d go more into the history of the thing, but…they went…this direction.


The best part of the exhibit is one thing you can barely see while you’re there. It’s a tapestry with the names of all the people who worked on the Aqueduct. That’s a fitting tribute to a centennial of having water flowing into our city. The arts not bad, and it’s even fitting in points. I just wish we spent more time on them.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The real only safety tip is the price of admission, which you should probably know before going in.

Members and Children 2 and under are FREE
Children 3-12 are $5.00
Youth 13-17 are $9.00
College Students with ID still apparently count as Youth are charged $9.00
Seniors (62 and over) are also Youth: $9.00
Adults (aka the rest of us) are $12.00


PARKING: Is widely available in one of the two open air lots at Exhibition Park. One is hugged up next to the Natural History Museum itself, and another is right across from the California Science Center and the California African-American Museum.

But…for once, the Natural History Museum joints the slender ranks of place with information about Parking on their website. Thus, I will quote them directly:

Parking is available for $10 (cash or credit card) in the Museum’s Car Park on Exposition Blvd. and Bill Robertson Lane. If the Car Park is full, patrolled lots are also available directly across from the Museum on Bill Robertson Lane for $10 (cash only), as well as in lots throughout Exposition Park.


Parking rates and availability may vary during special events in Exposition Park. NHM has designated parking during USC games.


Just Add Water
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Tel: (213) 763-3466

Daily 9:30 am – 5 pm