Cultural Anniversaries

Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Beginning this summer through 2015, some of LA’s – and the world’s – most prestigious institutions are celebrating 10th, 15th, 35th, 50th, 90th and Centennial anniversaries with special exhibitions and events. At the same time, major new public museums will debut to great fanfare. Highlights include:

The Natural History Museum Centennial Celebration (July 2013)

The Natural History Museum Centennial Celebration (July 2013) - Following $168 million in renovations and expansions, LA’s oldest continuously-operating museum is marking its 100th anniversary with a year-long series of special events and exhibitions. To celebrate, in July 2013, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) opens Becoming Los Angeles, the third in a series of new indoor exhibitions.

Walt Disney Concert Hall 10th Anniversary Celebration (Oct. 2013)

The iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall will host a series of special concerts to mark this milestone anniversary.

The Hollywood Sign 90th Anniversary (Fall 2013)

The iconic LA Landmark celebrates its 90th Anniversary this fall. In preparation for the festivities, Sherwin-Williams recently used 360 gallons of paint to restore the sign’s crisp white finish. It is often said that the sign is the hardest-working actress in Hollywood, having appeared in more than 150 films and most recently, Argo.

The Getty Center 15th Anniversary (Dec. 2013)

The $2.8 billion Getty Center art complex in Brentwood will mark its 15th anniversary with a series of special exhibitions.

The Broad Opening (Spring 2014)

Located across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art, a new contemporary art museum will open to display LA-based philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad's extensive collection of contemporary art. A stunning honeycombed “veil” will wrap the three-story, 120,000-square-foot museum. Other highlights of the $100 million project include almost an acre of column-free gallery space, a lecture hall for up to 200 people, a ground-floor multimedia gallery, and a public lobby with display space and a museum shop.