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Address: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, CA 92543
Phone Number: +1 951-791-0033
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Description: Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American...
Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You'll be moved by "Max", the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as "Xena", a Columbian mammoth. Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses "Little Stevie", a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site.
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Wow here in Hemet

We took our son and several of his friends to this museum. It was an amazing place to tour. the history of the exhibits was wonderful. the kids had a great time. we were having... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Ricky J
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San Jacinto, United States
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San Jacinto, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We took our son and several of his friends to this museum. It was an amazing place to tour. the history of the exhibits was wonderful. the kids had a great time. we were having fun as well.

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Mission, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

For the $8.00 admission, it was a good experience. Lots of dinosaur fossils and exhibits. The only problem was that 2 of the panoramic projectors were broken so you could not experience the full affect of the 180 degree movies.

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Menifee, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The children loved the hands-on elements of some of the exhibits, (however, we did get lucky and chanced to visit just when the "Tree House" exhibit was there - I'm not sure it's a permanent part of the Center). The life-size reconstructions of the dinosaurs and other pre-historic specimens were just as interesting to we adults as they were to... More 

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Cardiff
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349 reviews 349 reviews
160 attraction reviews
266 helpful votes 266 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This was an amazing, surprise discovery when trying to find the visitors center on my way to visit Diamond Lake. I could not imagine what the two huge buildings were used for! The large complex houses a modest sized museum that tells the history of the area and displays fossils that were found while building the Diamond Lake Reservoir. The... More 

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Hemet, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

It doesn't take long to see all that there is here, but if you have patience and the time, there's lots to discover. It probably won't be crowded so just take the time to really see what they have to offer. It's Hemet history and very interesting. It's not Los Angeles type of attraction, it's more humble.

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Palm Springs, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This gourgeus museum displaying historical artifacts found while digging one of the largest reservoirs in the USA is remarkable.

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Indio, California
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51 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This museum is next to the Diamond Valley Lake Visitors Center and has the dinosaur bones that were unearthed during the digging of the lake. It gives you how they were discovered and has a lot of education facilities on the grounds. Contains history on how the region was formed and what animals roamed it. It has a special temporary... More 

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Escondido, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This place is great! Full of interesting artifacts, history and Ice-Age Giants! Too bad it is in some disrepair. It was disappointing to go into a 270-degree screening room to view a film and 1/3 of it wasn't working! Even some of the interactive exhibits were broken and missing parts. TOO BAD, SO SAD, because the place could be super... More 

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Hemet, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The museum has artifacts from the excavation for Diamond Valley Dam. It holds community programs, and provides information to the public.

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30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Explained how the Diamond Valley dam was built. Also showed relics of dinosaurs found in area as well as local history. Beautiful desert surroundings

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