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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 #13 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Plenty of parking even though it was very very crowded! $10.00 parking fee. Free entry to the museum but you pay for certain sections. We paid half price to enter the museum since it was closing. The ticket lady was nice enough to tell us "if you wait 10 minutes your tickets will be half off". From 3:55 pm half... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a nice museum with nice traditional style displays, like the 'hall of mammals', etc. My children and I enjoyed the experience. We did not visit the butterfly house as we have been in another one recently. The architecture of the building itself is nice as well and in some ways similar to the Smithsonian museums with large domes... More

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Los Osos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We took our 1 year old grandson here and had a wonderful time. The building is grand and beautiful with lots of old features of huge ceilings, columns, marble etc. We loved the animal dioramas and the dinosaurs and especially enjoyed the outdoor garden. Our little grandson enjoyed playing in the twig hut and the little pond waterfall. We enjoyed... More

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

So glad you and your grandson had a great time. On your next visit one of our free events your grandson (and of course the adults) would like is our Meet a Live Animal in the Nature Lab. We have it most days of the week, you can look at our online calendar for the dates and times. More

Lausanne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

While on the small side, trhere were plenty of nice exhibits that kept the interest of both kids and parents. According to my reseach, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is host to one of the better dinosaur collections in the U.S. Another highlight was the outdoor spider tent which we found to be well worth the extra... More

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The museum is mainly focused on activities and exhibitions for children. However, I went there for an afternoon and I enjoyed it very much. Despite all the warnings I received in advance regarding the crowds, I arrived at the museum around 1 p.m. The place wasn't crowded at all. Be sure not to miss a guided tour.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Kids love the large mammal galleries. They have a fairly new and very well done Dinosaur exhibit as well.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The museum is surprisingly large inside with a number of exhibits. The exhibits are labeled very well with informative descriptions of the items. There is a butterfly garden as well that's worth visiting. If you live in the area it's probably worth becoming a member as there's a reciprocal relationship with the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.... 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, membership does include both the Natural History Museum and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. The Cafe can get busy especially on weekends. If you get the food to go there is seating next to the Rose Garden in Exposition Park. More

London, Canada
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A great place for families. Lots of hands on learning for kids and a large dinosaur fossil collection. There is a cafe on site with healthy choices.

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Rolling Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 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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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We're happy you enjoyed the Butterfly Pavilion. It's here for just another week and then we say hello to our sessional Spider Pavilion in just two weeks. More

Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The recent rennovation of the Natural History Museum is just the shot in the arm this place needed. It is SUPER COOL for kids and adults alike. You walk into the space under a GIGANTIC boulder and it just gets more cool from there. The dinosauer exhibit is really great an educational and in the Spring there is the butterfly... More

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