Private Tour of Special Antarctic Dinosaurs Exhibit and Dinosaur Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Join Dr. Nathan Smith, University of Chicago PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Associate Curator of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM), for a first person account and exclusive behind the scenes private tour of his special Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit at the NHM that features his work in Antarctica.

The Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit chronicles the story of Dr. Smith's travels to Antarctica to unearth new species of dinosaurs beneath the ice and stone along with Dr. Pete Makovicky, Curator of Dinosaurs at Chicago's Field Museum. You'll be able to ask Dr. Smith first hand what it was like in Antarctica!

Visitors will experience Dr. Smith's adventure themselves, as they choose protective gear and supplies, drop in on snow school training, and set up their remote Antarctic field site. Hands-on excavation activities, touchable specimens, and media touchscreens take visitors behind-the-scenes on what these expeditions are really like!

Dr. Smith will also provide a private tour of the dinosaur lab at the NHM, where paleontologists today work to study and uncover fossil specimens. Who knows, you may see a Cryolophosaurus skull!

Prior to joining the NHM, Dr. Smith served as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Field Museum of Natural History. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and National Geographic, and focuses on the evolution and biogeography of Triassic–Jurassic dinosaurs, Cenozoic waterbirds, scleractinian corals, and the application of phylogenetic comparative methods to broad questions in systematic biology and paleontology. The origin and initial diversification of dinosaurs represents one of the most poorly known events of vertebrate evolution, and much of Dr. Smith's recent research in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico and the Central Transantarctic Mountains has helped to fill major geographic, temporal, and taxonomic gaps in our understanding of early dinosaurs and the world they inhabited.

Please see the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit full description here:

The tour will start at 1:00 pm at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and should conclude around 3:30 pm. Guests are free to explore throughout the remainder of the museum prior to and after the tour if desired.

The cost of the event is $22. The cost covers admission to the Natural History Museum and the Antarctic Dinosaurs exhibit. If you are entitled to a reduced admission to the museum please register for the event but also email the club president at when you register and we will then refund you the difference of your reduced price admission. The circumstances of a reduced admission price to the museum include:

1) Seniors (ages 62 and above)
2) Youth (ages 13-17)
3) Children (ages 3-12)
4) Students with valid I.D.
5) Museum members

Parking is $12. 

Detailed admission pricing and parking information is available here:

Space is very limited for this exclusive event. Please sign up soon to ensure your participation!

If you have any questions about the tour, please contact event host Brian Scott AB'82; MBA'83;; 949-322-5538



Event Information

Cost: $22


1:00PM - 3:30PM Sat 7 Sep 2019 ( Timezone: Pacific )


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

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Look Who's Coming:

Andrew Flior
Alexander Flior
Brian Scott
Betty Scott
Elizabeth Evans
Julie Barbour
Jim Barbour
Karina Convers
Andy Convers
Ben Convers
David Hemmings
Janis Tiffin
William Sullivan
Walter Lippolis
... a total of 14 guests.
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Event Contact
Brian Scott AB '82; MBA '83