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Best Museum Exhibits This Spring In Los Angeles

February 24, 2014 5:00 AM

(credit: Darleene Powells)

(credit: Darleene Powells)

(Credit: Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles County)

(Credit: Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles County)

From playful dinosaurs to serious examinations of society, Southlanders have many opportunities to explore worlds beyond their own. Special exhibitions at world-class museums create unique environments and focus attention. In real time, from the objective to the subjective, these five best museum exhibits bring in the spring with new insights and knowledge. Whether you’re looking for deep meaning or sublime sensibility, these choices offer starting points at any level one wishes.
(credit: Natural History Museum)

(credit: Natural History Museum)

Dinosaur Encounters
Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays in March 2014

Family-focused presenters with life-size puppets explore the various theories and proofs regarding the age of the dinosaurs. Los Angeles County’s Natural History Museum takes an intriguing look at the lives of the numerous extinct species that have fascinated the public since the 19th century. Theories of the extinction, how they adapted before the final end and their behaviors are explored. A most interesting topic is the possible lineage of birds with the dinosaurs. After the presentation, the entire museum is open for new explorations and encounters.

(credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)

Heaven And Earth
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300
Dates: April 9 to Aug. 25 2014

“Heaven and Earth” is an exhibition of Byzantium through its art. From 333 to 1453 A.D., Byzantium was a civilization at the crossroads of Asia and Europe that created a legacy for two continents. From its pagan past to the foundation of Christianity, an explosion of artistic creativity continues to express a passionate spirituality. From textiles to manuscripts, and from icons to frescoes, a visit to the Getty Villa’s latest exhibition is both an education and an awakening of ancient spirituality.

Related: Discover the Arts in Los Angeles This Spring

(credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Public Star Parties
Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800
Dates: March 8, April 5, May 3 (2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.)

Volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical, Sidewalk Astronomers and Planetary Societies bring their fascination with the stars to the public. These amateur astronomers circulate to assist the public in using the Observatory’s telescopes. By day, the sun and moonrise can be viewed, and then by night, the planets, stars, galaxies and more are explored. With help from the knowledgeable hosts, it’s an experience for the whole family. The Griffith Observatory will be open, as well, with its impressive displays and exhibits that have delighted the Southland for decades.

(credit: Hammer Museum)

(credit: Hammer Museum)

Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000
Dates: Through May 18, 2014

“Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology” is a premiere exhibition exploring the ‘strategies of appropriation” and the ‘institutional critique” of American art. With a focus on the 80s and 90s, art is examined through the works of artists as they examine and ‘confront” modern institutions. These ideas and concepts presented in art will shed light on the institutions that are the continuing framework of our society.

Related: Best Museum Exhibits To See This Fall In Los Angeles

(credit: Fowler Museum)

(credit: Fowler Museum)

Sinful Saints And Saintly Sinners At The Margins Of The Americas
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive N.
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 825-4361
Dates: March 30 through July 20, 2014

“Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas” is a romp with mystical figures past and present. These ‘sacred figures” walk a ‘fine line between sinfulness and sanctity,” representing the struggles on the social periphery. The complex realities of society are confronted in paint, installation, sculpture, digital and mixed media art. From the United States, and throughout the Americas, ‘divine beings’; and their cultural roles are examined. Contemporary and traditional styles draw in heroes – real, imagined and mythological.

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Robert Cuthbert is a freelance writer covering all things Los Angeles. His work can be found on

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