Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Just in time for black Friday: NHM's Gift Guide!





Purchases help support collections, research and family programs

Online shopping year-round at


LOS ANGELES – Does your holiday shopping list contain a naturalist or dinosaur lover? A fashionista or a nature-loving Angeleno? Inside the Natural History Museum (NHM) and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, there is a trove of special gifts — elegant hand-crafted jewelry, education-focused books, games, toys, and a range of eco-friendly products. 


Every purchase helps support the Family of Museums’ research, education and public programs, and most of the products are linked directly to either the curators’ work or exhibits inside the NHM and the Page. There are family-friendly books by our curatorial staff on sale, for example, and plush toys that mirror the mammals in our dioramas.


You can also give the gift of membership, which means free admission, and express entry, into the three members of the Family of Museums all year long (including First Fridays, Sustainable Sundays, and B-Movies and Bad Science).  Museum members also enjoy the benefit of a 10% discount on all store purchases.


Bring your purchases to the NHM’s gift wrap station for complimentary gift wrapping on December 18 & 19.  Additional dates and times to be announced.


Below is a selection of store highlights in every price range. Online shopping available at



Text Box: Junkyard Dinosaur
This creation is the product of an imaginative Vietnamese artisan who started a small, home-based business to help his family earn a living. He salvaged metal pieces of chains and machine parts and turned potential trash into treasures with whimsical designs. 

Fair trade. No two are alike. Prices range from $29.00 (for 5-inch dinosaur) to $119.99 (14-inch dinosaur). Buy it in-store or by calling (213)763-3336.

Dinosaur sculpture crafted by recycling metal parts.



Text Box: Giant Sequoia Seedling
The perfect stocking-stuffer for any budding arborist! Though it’s only a few inches now, this seedling invites you to plant the world’s largest living thing. Giant Sequoias grow well in virtually any climate and can live for thousands of years. 

$7.99. Buy it in-store or by calling (213)763-3336.

Text Box: Geode Ring
This fabulous adjustable cocktail ring holds three Tobasco geode halves, and is big on sparkle. Tobasco geodes are geological rock formations which occur in sedimentary and certain volcanic rocks and are known for internal crystal formations and concentric banding. 

Each ring is one-of-a-kind.  $99.99. Buy it in-store, by calling (213)763-3336, or online:



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Dino Poop and other Remarkable Remains of the Ancient Past

If huge piles of million-year-old dinosaur dung seems like it would captivate a young explorer in your life, he or she will flip for this book which is not only informative, but comes with its very own piece of coprolite (a.k.a. dinosaur poop).


$9.99. Buy it in-store, by calling (213)763-3336, or online:



                            Dino Poop [Book]


Text Box: Smilodon Cuddlekin
As the largest member of the Saber-toothed cat Family, this sweet Smilodon is a cute and cuddly version of the predator, beautifully made according to Natural History Museum standards. 

Prices range from $7.99 to $99.99.  
Buy in-store or by calling (213)763-3336. 
12-inch plush ($16.99) is online!


Wild Republic Plush Smilodon Cuddlekin 12




Text Box: Trees: A Visual Guide
Beautifully illustrated and designed, this 300- page gorgeous reference book explores the world of trees from every perspective—from the world's great forests to the lifespan of a single leaf. 

$22.97. Buy it in-store, by calling (213)763-3336, or online:

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Text Box: Youth Mega Mouth Tee
“When I say Mega, you say Mouth!” High-quality kid’s shirt, with a fun design based on one of NHM’s most beloved specimens: the giant mega mouth shark!

$17.99. Buy it in-store, by calling (213)763-3336, or online:
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About our Stores:

Our Museum stores offer unique collections of jewelry, exclusive designs of note cards, postcards, and posters, a distinctive assortment of books, home decor and gifts including educational toys for children. The goal of the Museum Store is to inform, educate and extend our visitors' appreciation of their Museum experience with quality products, excellent customer service and creative programs. Store purchases help support the Museum's collections, research and educational programs. Stores are open seven days a week during regular business hours (9:30 am to 5 pm). Products are also available by phone order at (213) 763-3336. Select items are available in the web store:


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90007. Open seven days a week 9:30 am-5 pm. Tickets $9 for adults, $6.50 for children. Admission is free the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, call (213) 763-DINO or visit


The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is located at 5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90036.  Open seven days a week 9:30 am to 5 pm. Tickets $7 for adults, $4.50 for students and seniors, and $2 for children ages 5-12. Admission is free for children under 5 and Museum members. Admission is also free for everyone on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, call (323) 934-PAGE or visit


About the Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County serves nearly one million families and visitors annually, and is a national leader in research, exhibitions and education. The Museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913. It has amassed one of the world’s most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history — with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years. The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM (Exposition Park), the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California). For more information, visit the Museum’s website at or call (213) 763-DINO.


NHM Next

The completed renovation of the Natural History Museum’s Beaux-Arts 1913 Building sets the stage for the Museum’s rollout of new visitor experiences leading up to the Museum’s centennial in 2013. The milestone re-opening of the 1913 Building began in Summer 2010 with new exhibitions inside its iconic Rotunda and Age of Mammals. In Summer 2011, the Museum will open its new Dinosaur Hall. An exhibition focusing on the Southern California environmental history, as well as 3.5 acres of nature experiences and their indoor component, the Nature Lab, will open in 2012.




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Lauren Clark

Marketing & Communications

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90007


tel. 213.763.3580

fax. 213.743.4843



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