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Animal History Museum

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Natural History & Natural Science Museums

Mission: The Animal History Museum is the first museum dedicated to understanding and celebrating the human-animal bond. Its purpose is to serve and educate the public through the creation of a museum in Los Angeles County, California, for the collection, preservation and exploration of the history, culture, science and law relating to the relationship between human and non-human animals; by presenting exhibitions, lectures and other activities that are consistent with, and supportive of, the museum’s educational goals and purpose.

Results: Since our social media launch Jan. 23, 2012, we have a growing online art gallery & library, over 12,000 Facebook and Twitter fans as well as scholars, authors and artists around the world who have offered to help us develop exhibits for our planned brick and mortar space!

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

It's been my absolute privilege to be on the board of this organization. AHM has been blessed with enthusiastic volunteers, some great opportunities to hold events around town with more established nonprofits as we try to establish our own brand, and a vibrant social media community that has exceeded our expectations for a relatively new organization. It's also been a real pleasure to meet the many scholars and other professionals who have been donating their time and talents to serve as other board members, advisory council or content developers. I can't wait to see how AHM grows over time!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at AHM are a great bunch of hard-working individuals who strongly believe in the Museum's message. I've worked with them at several events, and can say I enjoyed it every time.

Marco N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Animal History Museum is superb and run by the best people!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For my seminar class of Applied Anthropology: Human and Animal Relations I wrote several essays on Indigenous peoples bonds with animals. The peoples were the Maya of the Yucatan, the deer herder peoples of Russia, and the Cree of Canada.
volunteering for the museum has been a great experience as well I would say. The events are friendly and are great for animal lovers. The last event I volunteered for allowed people to bring their dogs. I see myself helping out again!

Lisa581

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is helping to preserve important, yet often obscure, chapters of Animal History in the US and around the world while promoting animal welfare and animal advocates who have, and are, making a positive difference in the way animals are perceived by the public at large. As an author, it was an honor to have an exhibit presented by the AHM based on my book about the history of National Dog Week: "Who Let the Dogs In." The AHM is the perfect venue for helping to share the story of Captain Wm. Lewis Judy, the founder of National Dog Week.

Jennifer592

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a really cool cause and a nice bunch of people dedicated to the love of animals. It's nice to find people with such passion for the welfare of all creatures and who are willing to work so hard to bring that message to everyone. The idea of bringing art and animals together to celebrate the bond we have have with the animals in our world is such a great idea, and I hope this fledgling museum has great success!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place and people behind the name--such a pleasure to work with and will always be keeping an eye on what new events and things they have going on!

Jessica298

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful people run by wonderful people! Highly recommend!

Brandon30

Donor

Rating: 5

Have had a great time working with this non-profit and attending their event 'preview pawty' the other night. You can tell just by the vendors and attendees who came how much passion they inspire in caring for and supporting our animal companions. Look forward to doing more with them in the future!

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Donor

Rating: 5

What a great organization! We love animals of all kinds, and when we were approached to be part of this great project at an event, we couldn't have been happier to say yes! We took our little guy Oliver and he was right at home. Can't wait for the doors to open to this amazing Museum.

john

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, I was intrigued as soon as I heard this museum was in development and instantly wanted to be a part of it. I started volunteering right away. There are stellar people involved in getting it up and running and I will be so proud and excited to see it open its doors. Everyone I've met that is invested in the project has a great heart, good intentions, and valuable skills to contribute; who better to collaborate with? Can't wait to see the first exhibit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've been working with the Animal History Museum as a community partner at Cal State Northridge; two students in my class "Humans and Animals" have been doing research for the Museum's upcoming exhibit. So excited to be a part of this process to bring more consciousness about animals into pubic view!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Spreading goodwill towards those who have no voice is the best way to garner the attention they need. Animal History Museum does just that, through their sometimes thankless hours of dedication!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A project run with great skill, enthusiasm, intelligence, friendship and commitment to create a resource that is absolutely necessary.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is truly a gem. The outreach in the local community is amazing. Amy passion and love for children and animals is fantastic! I have both volunteered and donated to the Animal History Museum. I can't speak highly enough of the Animal History Museum!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum has had a presence at Kidspace Children's Museum a handful of times this year, and it's been a great way for us to broaden our goal of inspiring children to learn about our natural world. Our guests have enjoyed the animal-based activities they've provided, as well as the opportunity to learn more about the animal kingdom. We (and our guests) look forward to having them back!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum had a booth set up at an after hours event. They provided diverse activities at their booth that they matched with our theme & were flexible. They advertised for us, & we did the same which was a nice way to network with their audience. I appreciated what they offered our guests & were a bonus to the event!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently relocated to the Los Angeles area over the summer and am a big animal rights activist and was looking to get involved with an organization in the area. Amy was welcoming and passionate about the organization. There are so many stories in the news of people abusing animals, it is refreshing seeing an organization combating that and have a legal mind-frame to make a difference!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal History Museum is a wonderful display of the human animal relationship and explores this ancient bond. I have enjoyed working with the material and different subject matter. I am honored to work with the amazing people involved with this museum!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter actually volunteered last year, and after meeting and working with some of the wonderfully creative Staff (*everyone comes from such different backgrounds, it's exhilarating)... I'm HOOKED! What a wonderfully INSPIRED Museum and I can't believe the level of academic and professional people who are already involved and dedicated, much less honing the sincerest interest in all things animal. I've found the Museum Founders to be of the most dedicated, friendly and professional group...and I can't wait to see MORE of what the Animal History Museum will be doing in the FUTURE!