My friends and I took the free entrance on new year's day. Spent the morning looking at the latest Jews in LA Mosaic exhibit, had lunch nearby in Glendale, then came back to look at the rest for a couple of hours. I enjoyed the lifelike statues, especially the one of Pony Express rider jumping on the horse while grabbing essential items. While the exhibits had a large collection of Hollywood memorabilia, they also represented different cultures such as Mexican / Latino, Chinese, and Native American with interesting stories that help us identify with people long ago. Hollywood exhibits bring back memories of our childhood TV shows and movies!
I was just about to leave when I noticed a small outdoor area downstairs, about the size of a large patio, surrounded by large rocks and waterfall. My kind of place!
A few other items stood out in my mind: 1. painting of the bear being captured 2. story of the native who was put in San Quentin for protesting the building of railroad tracks near her home, and 3. the 70 lb gold saddles.
I want to bring my husband here to look at the saddles and cowboy exhibits as I know he'd get a kick out of them.
Driving there is sort of weird. The LA Zoo street exit appears suddenly as the 134 and 5 freeways merge. You exit, then turn left onto the road to get to the parking lot, which is across the street from the zoo. Easy free parking.
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