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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3466
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Ranked #11 of 315 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Santa Barbara, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The museum reminded me of a mini version of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum when you first walk in. If anyone is into dinosaur's this has an excellent section of a multitude of exhibits. Very good. The museum has many exhibits to view. And the gem/mineral area is awesome. As well as the bird section. There is a lot to... More 

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

So happy you enjoyed your visit! More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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19 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The museum has a huge collection of dinosaurs an they use a "hands on approach" so that kids understand how they were discovered, how they lived and died, etc.

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

We love it when kids learn through exploring, so we incorporate interactive features into our exhibits. More 

Perth, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Dinosaur exhibit was great! Plenty of real artifacts and lots to learn. But not much else too see. It would have been nice to see some general world history. It was very scattered

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

We are happy you enjoyed the Dinosaur exhibit. We have many exhibits that focus on Los Angeles and California (our Nature Gardens, Nature Lab, Becoming Los Angeles), as well as overall history. We take a natural history approach, so similar to the Dinosaur Hall we have our Age of Mammals, Bird Hall and others that look at history here through... More 

Midwestern Prodigal Child
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My grandsons attended this event as a birthday gift from me. I wanted them to have an experience rather than another toy to get bored with. They had a sleepover complete with flashlights, a nightwalk, slept with the animals so to speak. They were filled with stories for me the next day and related all the facts they'd learned.They loved... More 

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

Happy Birthday to your grandsons! We are happy they enjoyed our Night at the Museum sleepover. More 

Tweed Heads, Australia
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14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

A really great Museum with an awesome Dinosaur exhibit, so many animals too, kids really loved looking at everything and we found it really interesting. There is a cafe there too so if your feeling peckish or need a break its a nice place to sit and take a breather. Bundle it with the Science Centre and you can make... More 

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Ely, England, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Well if you love dinosaurs, this is the place to go! My boys (10, 7 and 2), and my husband loved it. We went between Christmas and New Year. It was quiet when we got there, but got much more crowded around lunchtime. The layout of the buildings is a little confusing ( feels like several buildings mashed together) and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Come for the Nature Lab and Nature Gardens. The building's architecture is special and best viewed from the rose garden. It is still missing a good children's area, but the butterfly and spider exhibits in the summer and fall are worthwhile.

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

The Nature Gardens and Nature Lab are some of our newest additions. We don't have just one children's area in the Museum. The Get Dirty Zone in the Nature Gardens, the Nature Lab on the lower level and the Discovery Center on the upper level are designed in mind for children and curious minds of all ages. They have a... More 

california
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

This museum has an excellent dinosaur exhibit, a stunning gem/mineral collection and a comprehensive exhibit chronicling California's history. When we're back in the area, we'll visit again.

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

One of the things my husband and I love to do in every city we visit is visit the local Natural History Museum. The LA NHM has the best dinosaur exhibit we've ever visited. It's interesting, informative, and interactive.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Needed to kill some time before a flight so came here. It's great, the dinosaur skeletons are fabulous and took me back to memories of my young schooldays!! The stuffed animal exhibits are great, a reminder of times gone by, you feel like you are in the night at the museum films!! Friendly staff- recommend a visit

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