Last weekend, I visited the pterosaurs exhibition at the LA Natural History Museum. I fell in love with the extinct family of bird-like flying reptiles who ruled the skies millions of years ago. These mysterious creatures were not dinosaurs. While some dinosaurs transcended their mass extinction in the form of birds, pterosaurs were completely wiped out.
Some pterosaurs were rather goofy looking, such as the jeholopterus. Others would have been amazing to see flying in the air. My favourite was the quetzalcoatlus, one of the largest known flying animals. Pteroaurs sported furry coats, flew with their hands and walked on their wings. There were some that could fit in the palm of your hand while others had a wing span wider than an F-16 fighter jet.
At first, my husband and I felt out of place as it was mainly families visiting. We joked about pretending we had kids and calling their made-up names so we’d have a valid reason to be there. Thankfully that wasn’t necessary.
The curators did a great job and we were soon too distracted to feel self-conscious. You start off by walking underneath a full-scale model of a huge pterosaur. Then there are a bunch of short videos, fossils and rare casts to check out. At the center of the exhibition, there are a couple of interactive games. One allows you to manipulate the wings of a pterosaur on a giant screen by moving your hand above some sensors. In another, you become a pterosaur. Similar to a Wii video game, you stand on a platform and then you can flap, soar and even swoop down to catch an insect or a fish. I was tempted to wait in line with the seven-year olds, but I was too embarrassed. Once you’ve finished the exhibition, there is an impressive collection of pterosaurs in the dinosaur hall.
There is one downside to the exhibition – it’s a bit pricey. Having come from a country where all museums are free, I was surprised by the $22 ticket price. Despite the cost, I definitely recommend visiting. The exhibition is beautifully and cleverly curated and there are some really thoughtful touches. For example, the city of LA is used as a backdrop for the pterosaur posters and, if you go to buy tickets online, the button says “BUY PTICKETS.”
I don’t want to give anymore away as I hope you will visit yourself. The exhibition has been in LA since July and the last day is the 2nd of October.
Price: $22 adults (includes museum admission), $19 seniors and students, $10 kids 3-12Address: Natural History Museum, Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007
Address: Natural History Museum, Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, 90007
Opening times: 9:30am-5pm daily
Event website: Click here
Dress by Dezzal “HUASILINLON” – Dinosaur Print Bowknot Dress. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments on a dress before. Eight people, including an adorable little girl at the museum, made a point of saying they loved my dress that day. Like a crested nyctosaurus, my head didn’t fit through the front door when I got home.