Opening its doors more than forty years ago, the Museum brought together three historically independent disciplines—art, history, and natural sciences—under one 300,000 square foot roof.
Collections comprise more than 1.9 million objects including seminal art works, historical artifacts, ethnographic objects, natural specimens, and photographs.
With terraced roof gardens and a central courtyard, the Museum integrates architecture and landscape architecture and indoor and outdoor spaces into one building program, standing as a significant example of mid-century modernism. The Council on Architecture leads monthly tours featuring the Museum's architecture and gardens on first Sundays at 1 pm.
How Chicano activists used Days of the Dead traditions to foster pride in their indigenous heritage