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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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Address: 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3466
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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.
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We took advantage of a "two-fer" --- buying a combo ticket at The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach that allowed us to go without additional charge to LA's Natural History... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We took advantage of a "two-fer" --- buying a combo ticket at The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach that allowed us to go without additional charge to LA's Natural History Museum with our granddaughter (age 3.5). Everything about this museum is first-rate --- the exhibits, the ease of getting around, the helpful staff, the special exhibit (small extra... More 

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Calabasas, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't terribly crowded despite our arriving at 11:30 on a summer Sunday. It was very easy to maneuver around the museum with the stroller. Parking was uncovered and $10 and was about 150 flat yards from the entrance. There was no line to enter and my admission was $12. Kids under 3 are free.... More 

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houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very informative and nice tour of Natural History. Great day trip if you travel to Los Angeles. Lots of interesting history

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Las Vegas, Nevada - USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 498 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We arrived at 9:15 a.m. prior to the 9:30 a.m. opening. Parking is $10 and close to the area. We waited in a small line before going in. Since the museum had a busy week, we were told they only had maps in Spanish but with English highlights, which we took. The museum has a lot of space and exhibits... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is one of the absolutely best places in Los Angeles! It's new dinosaur exhibit, its renovated gardens based on what might have been the landscape of the dinosaur era, its Los Angeles wildlife section, its soon to be opened Los Angeles section, and its gem collection, all these cannot be done in one day. NHM has a very nice... More 

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Buellton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I love taking the kids to NHM! They love to see the traveling exhibits and of course the fossils. Especially after their new renovations, the museum is a wonderful place to spend the day.

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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We had fun! The butterflies were beautiful and the kids loved it. We got some amazing pictures. I would recommend a weekday if you can pull it off to avoid the crowds. The museum was pricey and they didn't offer any discounts but you can easily walk over to the CA Science Musuem which is located on the same property... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Ignore those old reviews that complained about outdated exhibits. Major renovations a few years ago. Modern large museum. The cafe now opens to an outdoor area. Great new nature lab.Lots for kid to touch. Parking was $10 I think but new metro stop is nearby

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

Thank you for your review. Yes, we've gone through a lot of changes over the past few years. Parking is $10, and the Expo Line stops right in front of the Museum. More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A pastoral setting in Exposition Park perfectly frames this classically styled Museum which artfully presents the W Coast interpretation of natural treasures - & does so splendidly. Large gallery spaces & access makes for ease in seeing the collections & displays. The up to date Dinosaur hall is a perpetual favorite as are the Diorama displays of African & American... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I'm happy we can provide you with an awesome local daytrip. The Spider Pavilion is just around the corner and so is our traveling Mummies exhibit that opens this fall. More 

Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I went here with my kids, its very kid friendly but also has lots of exhibits for adults. I loved the megaladon!

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