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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-763-3466
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Ranked #11 of 367 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Natural History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The county's natural history museum has a new Dinosaur Hall containing three T. rex specimens. Children will enjoy the interactive Discover Center and... more » Owner description: The county's natural history museum has a new Dinosaur Hall containing three T. rex specimens. Children will enjoy the interactive Discover Center and live animal and story presentations. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Spent a couple of days in LA to see family and was very happy that we got the chance to see this museum. Not as extravagant as the MNH in NYC, but then again nowhere is... Beautiful day outside and wasn't disappointed on bit to have spent it indoors looking at the exhibits!

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome!! I love exhibits and museums of any kind so it was no surprise that I took a good 3-4 hours to walk around to absorb all the things it had to offer. Great museum look up the free days. You have to pay for parking, and if you get hungry, your options are limited

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

After spending time in the natural history museums in New York, Chicago, and Washington, this one is pretty disappointing. The dinosaur section is above average but everything else is pretty weak. The insect zoo is a bit of a laugh -- maybe ten or so aquariums with insects. There is not a lot of interactive stuff, so not the best... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Parking here is $10. So def do the science museum on the same day. We didn't so we really got bent over. The Dino exhibit is great the rest is just a bunch of taxidermy by "scientists" with guns.

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Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I did not like the 10$ fee for parking, I had to leave and go find an ATM which I was charged a fee for to pay the parking attendant. I had 2 small kids with me and it was inconvenient for me. The museum is very entertaining. My kids loved it.

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Camp Pendleton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

the best natural history museum in the West Coast. The Smithsonian of the West! Great for kids or couples!

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Buckinghamshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Whilst not in the same league as its counterpart in London, this is still well worth a visit. Some very good exhibits, especially in their prehistoric section. However I think they have fallen short in selling the history of California & the West as it was 200 years or so ago.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I visited here recently because I love natural history and I love museums. It was reasonably priced-- $21 or so. There are some older exhibits that need updating but the updated ones were great-- they integrated technology and great exhibition design. An enjoyable afternoon.

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Victoria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This was a first-time visit for us. We had 3 hours and wanted to see exhibits focused mainly on southern California ecosystems and natural history, and how immigrants (Spanish, Mexican, American, Asian) affected the landscape. Displays in the Becoming LA and California History exhibits were informative. The Just Add Water display was disappointing - seemed to ignore the controversies surrounding... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We headed over to the Natural History Museum after visiting the California Science Center. This place has a very Smithsonian feel to it with all the marble and size in the building. The place is much larger than I thought it would be. First, there is of course the Dinosaur Hall (home of "Thomas the T. Rex"). Then there is... More

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