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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007
+1 213-763-3466
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Ranked #18 of 391 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Natural History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get the... more » Owner description: Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur Hall, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus rex growth series. Get the behind- the- scenes look at how scientists work on fossils at our Dino Lab. See 240 specimens, including skeletons from mastodons to whales, animal dioramas from North American and Africa, and more.Stroll through our extensive Nature Gardens, and discover true stories about plants and animals in our Nature Lab. See and touch more than 2,000 spectacular specimens displayed in our Gem and Mineral Hall, and enter into the vault to view diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and other exquisite gems. Our Butterfly and Spider Pavilions are open seasonally. Here you can wander through the changing ecosystem with over 30 species of fluttering butterflies all around you, or witness arachnids up close and personal. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I love the Natural History Museum. It always has something new to see & learn about. Past & present is represented.

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Woodland Hills,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I would recommend becoming a member if you plan to go more than once a year. It is definitely worth it. There is always something exciting going on and plenty to enjoy. I usually combine it with a visit to the Science Museum- it is doable in a day. I love the new outdoors area and the entire lower floor.... More

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Covina, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum where you can enjoy a whole day. dinosaur, mammals, minerals and diamonds... Lots of stuffs to see. I spent a whole day in the building. Parking is easy except for game day( This museum is so close to USC stadium. In game day, parking is difficult. You can chose metro line to go there instead.)... More

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Yes, it is a lot easier to take the Metro on USC game days - good call out. There is a lot to do at Expostion Park - so it is a great way to make a day out of your visit. More

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is just a great place to enrich your children with knowledge. Also, its a great place to take friends or date. Great way to start conversations and get a feel of other peoples perspective in life and such.

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Good call out - we actually see a lot of people on a first or second date at the Museum, it's a great way to keep the conversation going. Our First Fridays are a popular date night, which are starting up again in February. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

they are eventually three natural history Museum of that kind : in LA., London and Paris at ieast the one I know. The LA one has superbe presentation and you will spend 4 to 5 hours to have an overlook at this very important museum. You would discover the Dinosor time until the 20th century and colonization of America, with... More

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Geraldton, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Located next to the Science Center, great dinosaur exhibits. Found this more to be aimed at education (schools etc) than the general public. Beautiful rose garden and fountain in the grounds.

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We are big on education, learning and discovery for all ages. More

Laguna Beach, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We got a combo ticket with the La Brea Tar Pits & Natural history museum The Tar pits were really interesting but the rest I've seen 100 times. There is no fee for the Space shuttle exhibit so don't buy a ticket if that is what you want to see, but a donation is welcome

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. For the Space Shuttle that exhibit is in the California Science Center, which is the Museum next door to the Natural History Museum (two different Museums). A lot of people like to visit both of those Museums in Exposition Park to make a day out of it. More

Beaumont, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I traveled to the museum with my extension class from the University of Redlands and had such a great time. When we got here, we were told that we simply could not miss the Dinosaur exhibit, so we made sure we were there on time. This exhibit was a live action show in one of the darkened exhibit halls and... More

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

The Dinosaur Encounters show is a fun way to extend the Dinosaur experience at the Museum, and we're happy you got a chance to see it. The large-scale dinosaur puppets can be very realistic, and as you pointed out, we do warn that they might be frightening for very small children. Your recommendation that they sit farther back is a... More

England, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The children loved this museum, as always dinosaurs a big hit, as were the gems and crystals. We arrived in the afternoon at about 4pm and were disappointed to only have an hour.

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We do recommend planning at least 2-3 hours when visiting the Museum. There is a lot to see here, and a lot for children (and adults) to explore. We are open from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Typically it gets less busy in the afternoon as we have a many school and camp groups that come in the morning. More

Baltimore, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My friend and I stopped by this museum while we had a break time after lunch, pretty interesting to see dinosaur skeletons in here with other fossils of animals. The entrance fee is only symbolical, worthwhile to visit!

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