There are vintage collections, and then there are vintage collections! Yesterday, we visited the opening of a truly vintage and spooky one at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, CA, along with Gemr series Collection Complete guest Micheline Pitt, who was on hand for the kick-off. 

We’ve got photos! We’ve got video! Take a look! 

Titled “Natural History of Horror – The Science of Scary,” the exhibit, which runs through April 19th, 2020 at the Natural History Museum (900 W. Exposition Blvd.), is an interactive curation of classic film, filmmaking techniques and screen-used props and curiosities from some of the biggest horror films in the history of cinema.

Of the items contained in the exhibit: a vampire bat from Tod Browning’s 1931 classic Dracula, shackles from James Whale’s 1931 smash Frankenstein (once worn by Boris Karloff), a vase from 1932’s The Mummy, and a copy of the original mask from 1954’s The Creature From the Black Lagoon, as well as a full-sized Gillman, the latter two on loan from the private collection of Pitt herself.

Prior to the exhibit’s opening, we were treated to an illuminating discussion on the exhibit itself, with panelists Beth Werling, Art Collection Manager for the History Department and Material Cultural Division, Holly Goline, Universal Pictures film exec, Jeff Pirtle, Director of Archives and Su Oh, Vice President of Education and Programs at the Natural History Museum.

You can watch that video below.

The exhibit is free with paid museum admission and free for museum members. The “Natural History of Horror” is sure to please both knowledgeable horror fans and laymen alike, as well as collectors galore (it got us super giddy!). What’s more, the Natural History Museum will be hosting a series of screenings throughout the exhibits’ run, which will include access to the exhibition, a film screening, performance, light snacks, and a cash bar. The screening schedule is below.

For more info, visit the Natural History Museum at www.NHM.ORG/horror, and you can check out photos from the event below, as well as Collection Complete 2.6, in which Pitt shows off her Creature collection.


Friday, October 11th, 2019 

Bite Into This with Dracula

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Unrequited Love with The Creature From the Black Lagoon

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Monster Fears with Frankenstein

Friday, April 10th, 2020

All Wrapped Up with The Mummy


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