Game Of Thrones Spinoff ‘House Of The Dragon’ Provides Gateway To Los Angeles Museum Of Natural History

HBO launches its new game of thrones Spin-off TV series from the prequel Dragon House August 21. Now they’re promoting it with the help of a distinguished partner: the LA County Museum of Natural History.

When people think of the museum, Hollywood is usually not the first thing that comes to mind.

“Our interest in working on an exhibit like this is … to remind people that NHM is not just a collector of dinosaurs and insects, but really has some of Hollywood’s earliest memorabilia,” said Suzi Hofrichter of the museum.

The institution’s huge collection of film memorabilia includes items from the silent film era and the transition to “talkies”, including an extensive collection of costumes.

From August 5 to September 5. 7, the exhibit features costumes and props from the upcoming HBO series, “House of the Dragon.”

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Now, NHM is holding an exhibit with props, sets, and costumes from House of the Dragon.

A giant onyx-like dragon skull, with sharp white teeth, which is almost as high as the ceiling.  In the background, a man looks at exhibits of dragon eggs.  There are other props in the background, including a relatively simple tunic costume in a display case.

A dragon skull prop from the upcoming HBO series, “House of the Dragon,” is on display at the Natural History Museum during a preview of its House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty exhibit.

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Some of the exhibits include a giant dragon skull, dragon eggs, and a replica of the famous Iron Throne, this version from the prequel era of the series. Visitors can go sit on the throne and pose for photos for their social media feeds.

You’ll also be able to take a crash course in the show’s Valyrian language. The creator of the language came to speak at the exhibition’s VIP opening event, going through the thinking and real-world influences that go into building an original spoken language.

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Step inside the Natural History Museum members preview on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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The museum team would like you to take a look at the Dragon Housethen check out the rest of the museum and see what’s there in a new light.

“I don’t think many, especially adults, have been to the museum in a while, and it’s just a really good excuse to plan this visit,” Hofrichter said. “We’re hoping they’re coming for the dragons, but sticking with the dinosaurs, because there’s such a connection to the influence of those dragons and the clues in nature that the designers looked at.”

A medium-brown-skinned man looks at a costume in a glass display case, including a metal helmet, light upper body armor and gauntlets, as well as a tunic, brown boots and an off-white cape.  In the background, another costume can be seen at the bottom, while to the left is a display case with an image of flying dragons in silhouette and text giving the story of the show.

Prithvi Dinesh Chandra, 22, looks at a costume from the upcoming HBO series, ‘House of the Dragon,’ during a preview of her House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty exhibit for members, alongside scrolling text more of the show’s history and how it connects to the museum.

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They hold a game of thrones event later in August, inviting visitors to show up in cosplay for a more immersive experience. Hofrichter hopes for more pop culture collaborations in the future.

“I will say quite transparently, I’m an advocate for that,” Hofrichter said. “Being in the backyard of the entertainment industry puts us in a unique position to do things like this and to find real-world influences in those narrative worlds that we all love so much.”

A dragon egg prop in a display case, the darkness having many small scales surrounding it.

A dragon egg prop from the upcoming HBO series, ‘House of the Dragon,’ is on display at the Natural History Museum.

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She’s excited about the upcoming opening of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art – it will be NHM’s neighbor in the already museum-rich exhibition grounds, so she hopes for collaboration and cross-traffic between locations. As Hofrichter pointed out, pop culture has a habit of getting people interested in real science.

“There are so many paleontologists today because of jurassic park“, Hofrichter said.

The Dragon House the experience opens to the public on Friday, August 5 and will run until September 7.

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