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Western Science Center

2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, CA 92543
+1 951-791-0033
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Hemet
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake.... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Palm Springs, California
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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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16 helpful votes 16 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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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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Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This a great place to see the way the damn was built and to see the fossils they found. the time frame to collect the fossils was very short, The Science Center shows how they delveloped a new way to collect them.

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Hemet, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Western Center is home to a collection of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed during the construction of neighboring Diamond Valley Lake. The fossil collection also includes "Max", the largest mastodon found in the western United States. The Center has community programming events scheduled throughout the year that will be of interest to all. There is... More

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Hemet, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Very interesting yet small museum of the local dinosaurs digs just before they flooded the valley to make the Diamond Valley Lake.

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Hemet, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It is interesting Hemet history of how Diamond Lake came to Hemet, people who have lived here and the interesting animal bones found when the Lake was unconstruction. However, I have lived in Hemet all my life and so I'm sure that is part of why it is so interesting to me, I don't really know how interesting out of... More

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Valleywide recreation and Park District has a swim park right across the street from this museum. What a great place to play. Highly recommend both venues

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Santa Barbara, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

This museum is a little out of the way and if you weren't looking specifically for it you would miss it. I would recommend this more for children, especially between 8-10 yrs of age. There is one section that is free with a lot of hands on for the kids to try and the other side there is a nominal... More

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