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Food & Discovery Collections

Find your compass with stories that reveal different facets of the Southern California you thought you knew. Unearth powerful stories this city’s unassuming street corners could tell. Explore beyond your borders and savor the complex flavors of Southern California.
Succulents: Joshua Tree (1)
A fish eye camera lens shows a meteor streaking across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower.
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Trail at Whitewater Preserve

Desert Escapes

Get ahead of the heat and enjoy SoCal desert destinations, from hikes to outdoor art installations.
Three dishes served Dolan's in Alhambra are goshnaan, a meat pie; manta, a steamed dumpling and big plate chicken, a kind of chicken stew served noodles.

Food Landscapes

Uncover worlds within your plates and histories in handfuls of spices.

What's in a Street Name

Explore the origins of Los Angeles streets.
A grid of three images. On the top left is policemen guarding Disneyland. On the top right is a orange crate label showing a train and orange trees. On the bottom is an image of the city of Newport beach.

A People's Guide to Orange County

"A People’s Guide to Orange County" is an alternative tour guide that documents sites of oppression, resistance, struggle and transformation in Orange County, California. This month, Elaine Lewinnek, Thuy Vo Dang and Gustavo Arellano, uncover the contradictory legacies of the Cold War on Orange County.
Road in Carrizo Plain

Road Trips

The open roads are calling. Discover exhilarating drives that showcase all Southern California has to offer from winding mountain roads to breathtaking desert escapes. Grab some snacks and hit the road!
Two loaves of freshly baked sourdough bread

Kneaded: L.A. Bread Stories

Every bread and bread maker has a multilayered story to tell that is intertwined with culture, history and community. The delicious complexity of bread made by people in L.A. comes from the fact that this city’s greatest asset is its diversity. "Kneaded: L.A. Bread Stories" is a yearlong project of the Natural History Museum's Being Los Angeles Initiative. It highlights L.A.’s history of bread making and celebrates some of the innovative, trailblazing, and resilient bread makers who call L.A. home and elevate bread into cultural objects.
Relief map inside the Historic Route 66 museum. | Photo: Douglas McCulloh

Route 66

Despite being decommissioned from the U.S. Highway System in 1985, Route 66 still tugs on our imagination as a symbol of escape and a reminder of the lively roadside towns that once lined the route's 2,448 mile stretch. Explore quirky pit stops and discover untold histories from ancient Native American trade routes to the legacies of women who overcame gender discrimination and segregation to build fulfilling lives on the "mother road."
1941 Los Angeles City Model


Stories on the History of Southern California and Beyond
Shredded Chicken Tacos (Tinga de Pollo)

Super Bowl Recipes

Whoever you’re rooting for this year, you’ll still feel like a winner with these dishes. Go the extra yard and try out these tasty recipes for the Big Game.
Plates of tacos from Tacos 1986  | Patrick Manalo


Explore stories about tacos.
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