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Address: 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, CA 92543
Phone Number: +1 951-791-0033
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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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Exquisite Gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Randy G
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Hemet, California
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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 

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Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Randy G
San Jacinto, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Thank Kevin L
Los Angeles, California
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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!

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Thank EllenSinger54
California Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

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Thank Cece S
Hemet, California
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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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Thank Jasmine L
Hemet, California
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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.

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Thank urica210
Riverside, California
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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 

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Thank Jim K
Redwood City, California
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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.

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Thank Timothy Y
Hemet, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

I was truly amazed at how nice the Western Science Center had become. It was quite an educational trip for me. I had not idea of the history of this area, but I sure got a good dose of history education. Really nice...

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