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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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Dinosaurs were amazing

We went because my son is all about dinosaurs. We all left in awe of the displays and amount of fossil and completed dinosaur skeletons. Our kids also enjoyed the gemstones as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
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El Paso, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We went because my son is all about dinosaurs. We all left in awe of the displays and amount of fossil and completed dinosaur skeletons. Our kids also enjoyed the gemstones as well, it was money well spent.

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Palmdale, California
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I have been a member for over 30 years and the annual Bug Fair was spectacular! The new nature garden around the museum is fantastic! A must see if visiting LA and the rose garden adjacent to the museum is in full bloom... BONUS!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I had heard the new-to-us dinosaur exhibit was better than expected, but words can't describe it. We were surprised at how many real fossils were included in the exhibit. Replicas are great, but seeing real ones really puts things into perspective. There are several rooms w/themed exhibits, plus a hands on lab downstairs. We spent a good 3 hrs there... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I visited this place with my godson and we had a great time. Easy to get to on the weekends, well "signaged", convenient parking. Try to get there early, there is a lot to see. They often have special exhibits, check ahead!

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Los Angeles
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42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The downtown Natural History Museum is part of the museum complex. Don't try to see more than one museum in a day. You can spend hours here. The dinosaurs are amazing. There is a rock and gem area with some lovely gems. The dioramas are very well done and natural looking. Go upstairs to walk through a wetland.

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Irvine, California
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118 reviews 118 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Took the kids for the day. Got a deal so got a membership as I didn't see us being able to see the whole place in 1 day. We did 'go through' all of it but wasn't able to spend a lot of time in any particular area. Layout is a little confusing. The membership desks need improvement. First, you... More 

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

I apologize for the confusion. I just clarified some items with our Membership department and so I wanted to get back to you. You will receive a membership card on your next visit. Since our printer was down, we were unable to process this for you. On your next visit, when you check in at the membership desk they will... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This place can keep a family, with or without kids, engaged for a day. Dinosaurs! Many other things and a beautiful vegetable garden outside which provides much produce for the lunch room inside. Other outside attractions as well. The attractions inside are unbounded but if you should tire of the place it is located in Exposition Park with many other... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

There is so much to see in this wonderful museum. I like the fact that many of the older displays such as the dioramas and the bird collections have not been "high-teched" by using lots of computer displays. If you want to see lots of neat exhibits, make sure to visit this place.

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. NHM has been around for over 100 years, so we definitely have some long standing, favorite Museum staples. One of my favorite exhibits are the grand dioramas that you mention. It's a good mix of old, new and everything in between. More 

Los Angeles, CA
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44 reviews 44 reviews
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I LOVE this museum. It's so well curated and well maintained. The Nature Lab is very interactive, visually appealing, and my kid can see and touch so many things. The museum is great for families with young children to spend a leisurely day. The cafe has decent food and the outdoor area is perfect for little ones to run around... More 

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

Hopefully with dreams of dinosaurs, butterflies and adventure. More 

Vicksburg, Michigan
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100 reviews 100 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

they had lots of interesting exhibits. was very impressed with their set up. great kids section lots of hands on. have a huge store and a restaurant that had excellent food. Dining inside or out.

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