Premier Members Event - Strange Science

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Add to Calendar 10/30/2018 06:00 PM 10/30/2018 09:30 PM America/Los_Angeles Premier Members Event - Strange Science: Monsters in the Library Visit page - The Huntington

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and explore what defines a monster through special displays and presentations. Marvel at rarely seen objects from our History of Science vaults, indulge in ghoulish refreshments, and discover the eerier side of The Huntington. The evening's highlights will include:

Treasures from deep inside the Library
See special objects on display this evening only in the Library's East Lobby
View the new exhibition Architects of a Golden Age: Highlights from The Huntington's Southern California Architecture Collection in the West Hall.
Explore Dibner Hall of the History of Science

Captivating talks
“My Father, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Makeup” | Sara Karloff, daughter of the screen legend whose iconic performance as the Frankenstein Monster set the standard, shares his more human side.
“Monsters Within/Monsters Without” | Dr. Paul Koudounaris traces the ever-changing forms of what society labels as monstrous with images largely drawn from The Huntington’s collections.
“Artificial Lives: From Faust to Frankenstein” | Joel Klein, The Huntington’s Molina Curator for the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences, explores the methods and morality in creating artificial life, from the medieval period to today.

Tour a galaxy of horrors with NASA’s Exoplanet Exploration Program. This exhibit will include immersive photo experiences, interactive VR activities, and a “Universe of Monsters” display. Visit alien worlds as you trek through the vastness of outer space in your search for the spookiest destinations in the galaxy.

Take a Picture! 
Strike a pose for a professional photographer against a themed backdrop. Pick up and pay for your photo at the Huntington Store.
Take a selfie, if you dare! Meet four iconic monsters (Frankenstein Monster, Mummy, Dracula, and Werewolf) at our Monster Lounge.

Monster Mosh Dance Pit
Hit the dance floor in our Creature Club as our DJ spins monstrous melodies

H. P. Lovecraft
Actors present eerie tales by the “father of the gothic horror story”

Book Signings and Trunk Shows
Author-photographer Paul Koudounaris, artist-storyteller Gris Grimly, and composer Chris Hannan near the Huntington Store

Mysterious Music (Garden Court)
Edward Sussman calls forth eerie music out of the air on his theremin

Hosted Libation Lounges

  • "Viktor's Lounge" (in the Garden Court): imbibe beer, wine, our specialty cocktail "Vampyre's Kiss," iced tea, and bottled water.
  • "The Grand Hall" (on Library Lawn): unwind with beer, wine, iced tea, and bottled water.
  • "Creature Club" (on the Huntington Gallery South Terrace): reanimate yourself with beer, wine, our specialty cocktail "Vampyre's Kiss," iced tea, and bottled water.

For-Purchase Food Trucks and Stations  (Library Lawn)

  • Pie ‘n Burger

  • India Jones

  • Chinese Laundry

  • Peaches' Smokehouse

  • Got Paella

  • Eat @ Rollin' Joe's

  • Border Grill

  • Gastro Garage

  • Fahrenheit L.A. (wood-fired pizza)

For-Purchase Dessert Stations and Coffee (Barth Family Grove, Main Entrance)

  • The Pie Hole

  • Dolci (tartlets and mini-cakes)

  • Woops! Macarons

  • Dri Dri Gelato (1919 Café patio)

  • Bon Appetit coffees

In-Kind Sponsors

Age 21+ event. Ridesharing is encouraged. Both Allen and Oxford Gates will be open. Please consume alcohol responsibly. Costumes may be worn, but no masks or weaponry, please. Members: your Membership covers two adults, aged 21 and over, at no charge (one must be a Member). Guest policy: you may bring up to three additional guests for $30 each (advance purchase) or $35 at the door. (Total of five.)

Questions? Contact the Membership Office at 626-405-2124 or