Chances are that if you visited the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles as a kid, the dinosaur skeletons in the center foyer of the building left a lasting first impression. How could you not be awed by the complete remains of prehistoric creatures locked in a fierce life-or-death battle?
Beginning July 16, visitors will have even more dinosaur fossils and complete skeletons to wonder at when the museum's brand new 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall opens to the public.
KCET was invited along with other members of the media to preview the near-finished project, which the museum's President Jane Pisano said took seven years to complete.
Stretching over two spacious galleries bathed in natural light are 20 complete articulated dinosaur skeletons, including those of the T. rex, Stegosaurus and a 68-foot-long Mamenchisaurus, among others.
Since pictures speak louder than words when dinosaurs are concerned, scroll down for a photographic tour of this impressive new addition to the museum:
All photos by Michelle Lanz
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During what period did the Tyrannosaurus Rex roam the earth?
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