When I found out Cinefamily was having a party at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, I was all over it. My love of museums is strong, but I usually never have the time to get to them with the hours I usually work, so I was extremely excited to experience the NHM for the first time. On April 23, 2010, the free admission museum-wide party was presented as the closing event after the “Art In The Street” film retrospective, complete with a screening of “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”
Cody and I arrived later than expected since we went to check out the Adventure Time and Edward Scissorhands show at Gallery Nucleus. The place was packed and there was a line to get in, but it moved quickly enough for it not to be an issue.
I’ll admit that I was concerned over the thought of a large group of intoxicated individuals in a museum, but was pleasantly surprised to see that there weren’t any crazy drunk antics the entire night. I definitely don’t mind drinking when the people doing so can control themselves. Good job party-goers!
First exhibit of the night was the African Mammals Hall. The taxidermy was entrancing. Sitting and staring would have been completely doable for me if there was enough time. The end of the hall was home to a gaggle of party people, swaying to the music the DJ was presenting them and just having a good time.
We spent the majority of our time in the Gem and Mineral Hall, taking in the ridiculous amount of specimens on display; about 150,000, making it the most significant collection in the country, west of the Smithsonian. The ambient music spun by the collaboration DJ Dublab was the perfect background noise for the space, but now, future visits won’t be the same without it. I have been spoiled!
I am absolutely in love with stibnite! It was love at first site. Stibnite, sometimes called antimonite, is a sulfide mineral with the formula Sb2S3. This soft grey material crystallizes in an orthorhombic space group. It is the most important source for the metalloid antimony. The name is from the Greek stibi through the Latin stibium as the old name for the mineral and the element antimony. [wiki]
This powellite on scolecite was incredible to see in person.
The Ralph W. Schreiber Hall of Birds was absolutely amazing, but due to Cody’s squeamishness concerning dead animals and a shortage of time, I had to briskly walk through, sadness swelling inside of me. I will definitely be spending time there alone when I go again.
Closing time was definitely sad. The entire night was thoroughly enjoyable and I did not want it to come to an end. Hopefully, another weekend nighttime party will occur soon, or at least be an annual event.
For those who are interested in experiencing the museum in a similar atmosphere, the NHM stays open until 10pm once a month for First Fridays. Each night features special lectures, performances, and DJs. The season only runs from January through June through, so you’ll have to wait until next year to join in on the fun. I cry because I thought it was year round so I missed it. Darn, darn, darn. Every year around Halloween though, they do open up for a Haunted Museum! Sounds fun! Here’s a link to their other activities and programs for those who are interested.
Thanks for reliving an awesome museum experience with me!