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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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Great Local History!

I went to the Western Science Center because I had heard of it and had nothing for the kids to do. I was very impressed with the quality of their exhibits. I was expecting it to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I went to the Western Science Center because I had heard of it and had nothing for the kids to do. I was very impressed with the quality of their exhibits. I was expecting it to be subpar, but they were really good. This is not a large museum by no means, but I was very excited to find out... More 

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Hemet
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Went here when I first arrvied. Looking for something to do on a hot day. What a treat this place was, cost was very low and the entertainment was high. Strong recomend to kids and adults alike

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Las Vegas, NV
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This was a really nice Science museum for our son. It got us out of the heat for a little bit. There's a bit of interactive exhibits, like making your own fossils.

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San Jacinto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have visited here several times. My wife and I were fortunate to be able to ride in a bus behind the excavators when they were digging the reservoir. Interesting was how the Archeologists and Paleontologists followed the excavators watching for bones of dinosaurs and relics many of which are on display as well as all the hydro demonstrations pertaining... More 

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Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Exhibits from the excavation of Diamond Valley lake - the largest in SoCal. Mastodon, mammoths, giant sloths. 180 degree movies on what life was like here 100,000 years ago, and the building of the lake.

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Corona, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Just so you know, when we travel, our favorite thing to do is to go to museums. Famous ones, obscure ones, some that we just see by the side of the road and stop at. We love museums. We have really been looking forward to visiting the Western Science Center. We have read so much about it, especially about it... More 

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San Jacinto, United States
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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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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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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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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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