The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at the University of Southern California is the largest museum of its kind in the western United States. The museum opened its doors in 1913, and has since acquired a collection of artifacts that cover over 4.5 billion years of history.
Here, in the Fin Whale Passage, the remains of a 63-foot long fin whale, whose skeleton weighs roughly three and a half tons, hangs from the ceiling of a long, dimly lit hall. The exhibit has been designed with a clear focus on lighting. Spotlights are thoughtfully positioned around the specimen to cast large, intimidating shadows on the walls, reminding visitors of the immense size of these endangered mammals.