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Address: 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543-9706
Phone Number: +1 951-791-0033

Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American...

Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You'll be moved by "Max", the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as "Xena", a Columbian mammoth.

Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses "Little Stevie", a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site.

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Small but very nice and interesting

By chance I stumbled across this wonderful scientific oasis in the California summer desert. All of the information offered is interesting and fun, the collection of actual bones... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Cancun, Mexico
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Cancun, Mexico
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110 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

By chance I stumbled across this wonderful scientific oasis in the California summer desert. All of the information offered is interesting and fun, the collection of actual bones and replicas is great and very well explained for all to understand and enjoy.

Thank IndraRojo
Riverside, California
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1,596 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Having visited hundreds of museums across the US, this one is a mix of better and mostly worse (especially value). The few premium displays are modern and very, very well done. However, some simple/cheap things to fix are broken (e.g. some broken $2 brushes) which leave the appearance of curator neglect or recognition that those displays are wasted space. The... More 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Hemet, California
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

The Western Science Center had its origins in the excavation and preparation of building the dams that enclose Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. In that process of digging they found an abundance of fossils of Mastodons, saber toothed cats and other extraordinary finds. The museum presents all of these in a very entertaining and educational manner that will appeal... More 

2 Thank Randy G
San Jacinto, California, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Head here for a fun visit to a museum that has activities for the kids. Adults can have fun here too. Great local attraction.

Thank Kevin L
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I love this place! There's always something going on and it gets the little ones interested in science! Love the T-rex, too!

Thank EllenSinger54
California Desert, California
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Came here to see what his was about in the area. Left happy i went. So much history in the area and this held it all and a movie to watch.

Thank Cece S
Hemet, California
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85 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Love the mammoth museum and the history of how they uncovered the findings.. however I think the attraction here depends on the attractions they have ... the Leonardo Divinci attraction wasn't that good... and it make the visit rather short... because my kids obviously didn't find it fun... however last year before that they had the magic treehouse which was... More 

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Hemet, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Cute place but very small. You can pretty much get through the entire place in 1 hour. That's if you're reading every single description. The dinosaur bones are cool and impressive and when I went there was a small section with an ancient weapons collection.

Thank urica210
Riverside, California
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

The Western Center for Archeology and Paleontology (as it used to be called) is a very interesting place to visit and learn about what it used to be like in the area long, long ago. Mammoth skeletons were discovered while they were building Diamond Valley Lake (which was going to be called Dominigoni Lake but I guess it was too... More 

Thank Jim K
Redwood City, California
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148 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Staff was friendly and informative. Exhibits were nice and unique. I didn't realize it was a paleontology and archaeology museum beforehand, but it was interesting all together. The size of the museum is a gift shop, hallway, 2 medium sized rooms and a small theater.

Thank Timothy Y

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