‘Natural History of Horror' to Haunt NHMLA

The exhibit will honor the Universal monsters, as well as the intersection of science, cinema, and scares.

What to Know

  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
  • Oct. 10, 2019-April 12, 2020
  • Included with museum admission

While we often think of some of horror's best baddies as works of pure and frightening fiction, there is a scientific basis for some of the best-known scary stories.

For what would a tale of terror be without spider webs and moonlit nights and the darkest of woods? These all spring from nature, of course, but they've also woven into some of our most wicked yarns.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles will celebrate, in spooky fashion, the place where science, scares, and cinema meet in a a brand-new exhibition called "Natural History of Horror," set for an autumn debut.

Look for the famous Universal monsters to have prominent cameos in the large-scale presentation, which will stomp, stomp, stomp, much in the manner of Frankenstein's monster, from Oct. 10 right through to April 12, 2020.

Of course, that particular icon came to life via lightening, and electricity, making him a prime candidate for an exhibition with a science-minded bent.

Visitors will behold "seventeen objects from NHM's collection and four early Universal monster movies," films that include "Dracula," "Frankenstein," "The Mummy," and "The Creature from the Black Lagoon."

The science roots of each fantastical flick will be pondered, giving visitors to the exhibit a rich background of facts 'n fears.

Your admission to the museum is also your entry to the "Natural History of Horror."

We'll spin one more web before we go: The exhibit will coincide, at least for its first few weeks, with the Natural History Museum's ever-popular, always-leggy, super-fascinating Spider Pavilion, if you're truly looking to jumpstart your Halloween-meets-science exploration.

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