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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 #12 of 391 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Rolling Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great place to spend the day. Bring the family and friends.The Butterfly Pavilion is a must see!

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santa monica, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The employees are great- parking is easy and the exhibits are very fun and educational. The butterfly garden was a little disappointing though as far as number of butterflies- but the employees were super cool.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Tons to see and great when paired with the Science Center. Spent a lot longer there than we had expected because there was so much to see and we were having such a great time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

I had never been to such a large museum before. I could easily visit three more times and never see all it has to offer. The Butterfly Pavilion wasn't as amazing as I had hoped but it was super crowded. The dinosaurs were my favorite.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband and I visited the museum in June 2014. The museum is fantastic, we particularly enjoyed the (permanent) dinosaur exhibition. The collection of bones and casts is the best I have seen, the information boards and interactive exhibits really added to the experience. We also really enjoyed the hominid/evolution collection. The museum is set in a lovely park area... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was a nice afternoon out! Museum is not that large but does have a lot of nice exhibits. The dinosaur exhibits are wonderful - as are the open areas to watch the scientists working. You can see a beautiful park out the back. The gem area was very dark - and it was difficult to read a lot of... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I'm a science museum buff and have been to museums of this type around the world and I would put LA's in the top 5 I've ever seen. The dioramas are truly amazing and the displays themselves are an amazing piece of history (date from the 1920s-30s). The gem hall has an overwhelming collection. While the display's in the Smithsonian's... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

One of the most inexpensive and fun thing to do in LA. Located in the USC LA Coliseum area this museum has something for kids and adults. On the first floor you'll find the halls of mammals from Africa and north America. Massive dioramas depicting the animals in a natural pose and environment. The world of insects was a little... More

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We love going back to the Natural History Museum. The dioramas are a must see. The Large ones at the end of the halls make you feel like you are there among the animals. Check out the display of the steller sea lion. Who knew seals could get that big. Lots of cool exhibits to see. Lots of dinosaur bone... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Disappointed there is an entrance fee as I live near Washington DC where the Smithsonian Natural History Museum is free. Otherwise, very nice. Gorgeous rose garden right out the door.

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