Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History
Maple & Associates, LLC was asked to assist in the development of new exhibits for the Dinosaur Hall at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Numerous CAD renderings were required to visualize the design development drawings and study their relationship to visitor experience and graphic layouts.
The 1913 Mezzanine exhibits required a completely new design approach to include a variety of hands-on components. Working with the Los Angeles Natural History staff we develop several interactive opportunities. One display actually replicates the sound cavity of a fossilized dinosaur and attempts to recreate the sound it may have made while on Earth.
A unique display showcases the “tools of the trade” used by paleontologists in the field—even including the multipurpose tool—toilet paper! The Mesozoic period is represented by the “mother of all fossil walls” cases that created quite a challenge to size, locate and light a plethora of organic-shape bits and pieces.
The Dinosaur Hall is twice the size of the Museum’s old dinosaur galleries. The centerpiece of the exhibition is the Tyrannosaurus Rex growth series—featuring a baby, juvenile, and sub-adult T. Rex.—the only series of its kind in the world.