L.A.’s Natural History Museum Gardens Almost Done


Located spitting distance from the newly constructed Expo Line, L.A.’s Natural History Museum has been undergoing a $30 million, 3.5 acre expansion and renovation for the past year. Scheduled to be completed in July, the museum is adding extensive green space, outdoor exhibits and a new pedestrian bridge inspired by the museum’s whale skeleton.

The renovation is being done by CO Architects and the landscape is re-envisioned by Mia Lehrer & Associates. The newly renovation North Campus will be going greener, with a living wall, a garden that celebrates L.A.’s history with Spanish Olive trees and Mexican Fan palms, a food garden, and space for kids in the Get Dirty Zone.

Rendering of the future living wall.

Rendering of the future pollinator garden.

This week, Mia Lehrer’s firm posted photos on Facebook documenting the project’s progress.

The new pedestrian bridge, arched to resemble a whale’s backbone. The landscape will also feature the aforementioned Pollinator Garden designed to attract butterflies and bees. Within the landscape there will also be art and educational programs, integrating the interior and exteriors of the campus for exploration and discovery.

The trees are prepared for planting.

The living wall under construction.

With USC’s campus across the street, the opening of the Expo Line this fall, and the greening of the North Campus at the Museum life below the 10 is looking better and better.

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