We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3466
Website
Today
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Discover your world past and present. See dinosaurs in our new Dinosaur...
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.
read more
Visit like an insider
Special Offer
$70*
and up
Go Los Angeles Card

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 524 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 324
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 41
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
go for the Grandes Maestros special exhibit, but

but look, don't get your hopes up toooo much about the Birds area; could be the one person in the world who maintains it has simply taken a year or two off, flown the coop, etc... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
DMinFlorida
,
Tallahassee, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

524 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Tallahassee, Florida
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

but look, don't get your hopes up toooo much about the Birds area; could be the one person in the world who maintains it has simply taken a year or two off, flown the coop, etc. What a shame!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Great museum. Lots to see and explore. They have a lot of dinosaurs too and the butterfly garden was my favorite.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We had a nice time when we visited. I love that it is in an older building that has some beautiful architecture. There are several different wings and exhibits in the building, but the highlight is definitely the dinosaurs. It's great because it is two levels, so you can get a relatively close look at the bottom and tops of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Parts the original Museum building have been around since 1913, and we have added on more through out the years. The Nature Gardens and Nature Lab were added in the last few years. So even the building has Natural History. It's easy to make a day out of visiting the Museum with it being... More 

Santa Monica, California
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I feel like this is a great place to bring your children to. For one, it's informative. But it's also fun, so they will not get bored. I mean, who doesn't love dinosaurs? What's best about this place is the fossils. They also portrayed the North American landscape really well, putting different biomes in different displays. They were very realistic... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
40 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Parking = $10 + Admission = $12 per adult. I thought the price was a bit steep, and I was underwhelmed by the first exhibit we wandered into - but it did get better. The LA exhibit was only ok. It starts with the Spanish-Mexican history and the environmental destruction, which seemed odd. When it gets to the Hollywood stuff,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

A lot of people have donated gems and minerals to our collections over the year. The first donation happened in 1913, just three days after the Museum opened. It's easy to spend an hour or more just looking around the Gems and Mineral hall itself. More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

There is so much to see and do here it is a great place to visit. We had about 4 hours of time and it was far from enough. There is an entire area for kids to experience science. There are dinosaurs, stuffed mammals, gems, different land types (swamp, coast, plains), history of LA, and much more. Then restaurant is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Mendham, NJ
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Lots of interesting things to see. Loved the edible garden. No to large that you feel overwhelmed. Beautiful setting. Parking nearby.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Henderson, Nevada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I took my son since he is a dinosaur lover. Just to see his face of amazement, was truly wonderful. I would love to come back again. The exhibits are amazing. It's very educational and over all amazing.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

So happy that you could have that moment with your son. We hope to see you again the next time you are in Los Angeles. More 

Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great exhibits and the museum is constantly being upgrade. Recommend weekends because there are a lot of school field trips there during the week.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is quite a gem. One can spend hours here simply enjoying all it has to offer. The gem/mineral exhibit is unbelievable, simply world class. Yeah, some of the dioramas are a little cheesy but the general theme of the facility just oozes history. There is a lot more to see on that campus, take time to visit the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

The Gem & Mineral Hall is one of my favorites - I can't seem to spend less than an hour in it. The Diorama Halls are a step back in time - some of them have been around from the 1930's. More 

Travelers who viewed Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County also viewed

 

Been to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Huntington Beach, California
4 days ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?