The museum at La Brea Tar Pits remains closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open, and visitors can see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Olvera Street

The transformative history of Los Angeles

Olvera Street

Olvera Street

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proud to join the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. Latinxs have transformed Los Angeles, creating symbols and spaces where their heritage continues to thrive.

Join Gallery Interpreter Maya Morales as she shares the history of Olvera Street and the impacts of the romanticized "mission myth" that pushed out native communities. 


Maya Morales Headshot

Maya Morales (she/her) is a Gallery Interpreter at the Natural History Museum of LA County. Her favorite topics lie in the intersection between natural and cultural history, exploring how landscapes and people are intertwined. Before she comes into work, she’s often surfing or playing in the Pacific Ocean. She has a passion for the natural world, stemming from her childhood in the National Park Service which led her to pursue a career in advocating and educating for more just and intersectional environmental education spaces. 

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own stories about Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx heritage by using #NHMLA and #HispanicHeritageMonth