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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
Fee: Yes
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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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Fun museum

This museum was very expansive. It reminds me a lot of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. My only suggestion is that they have more interactive things for kids. Downstairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Lake Mary, Florida
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Lake Mary, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum was very expansive. It reminds me a lot of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC. My only suggestion is that they have more interactive things for kids. Downstairs there was a room where kids could see live bugs which was fun. I believe that was the only live exhibit.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wonderful museum. There is always a interesting and informative museum. It is a great place to take children.

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

Thank you for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed your visit! More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After living on the Great Plains and having numerous mammoth skeletons to peruse in my home state, I was like a kid in a candy store when I saw the T-Rex and stegosaurus in the grand entrance of the museum. I was also a bit aprehensive about visiting because I was worried the displays would only accommodate children but I... More 

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

Thank you for checking us out. We aim for a fun experience for all ages. There's something for everyone here. Now that you are in Los Angeles, we do have a lot of fun adult events throughout the year. They range from evening events, including our Adult-only sleepovers, to lectures and more. More 

Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a wonderful place to take in the diversity of animal life around the world and across time. My wife and I had a great time with our 7 and 11 year old boys exploring the nooks and crannies of this place. From ancient dinosaurs to regional wildlife, this place is worth at least half a day's time. Take... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When my family visited Los Angeles over spring break we met up my cousin and his daughter to check out the Natural History Museum of LA County. It's a huge, impressive museum with so much to see my little cousin, who is 2, got a little tuckered out and we didn't get to see all of it. This museum reciprocates... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to visit, especially if you're a dinosaur fan. There is plenty of dinosaur fossils on display enough to spend a whole day exploring.

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

Thank you Bryan. We also recommend our temporary exhibition - Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, for any dinosaur lovers out there. Everything from fossils, to live-sized models and interactives. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

And come to this magnificent place of natural history. The kids will love the different exhibits throughout the museum! From the Dinosaur exhibits to the ecosystems with its different animals of different times in the history of the earth. It can get a bit crowded here, but come early and experience it before the rush.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I did not appreciate how bad this place really is. It has a very good dinosaur exhibit, but then it has endless rooms of dead stuffed animals. I can't say I really liked looking at extinct animals stuffed. I would go back for the dinosaur exhibit, which my kids loved, but I wouldn't go back for anything else.

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Thank kat2020
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Hi Kat2020. Saw your review. We have dioramas (many from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s) that display taxidermy animals as part of scenes that recreate habitats. We get new specimens for display from zoo animals that have died and from roadkill. The value of having diorama halls is to recreate habitats and allow visitors to see and appreciate real animals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I took a spontaneous trip to Los Angeles. One of our stops in LA was the Natural History Museum. I grew up in Los Angeles but moved to San Diego in 1991. It has been many years since I have been to the natural history Museum. As I entered the area where the elephants are posed, it... More 

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

Hi Enzo, Welcome back, we are glad you stopped by and visited us again. A lot has changed since you were last year, but yes we have kept some of the favorites from around the Museum, like the Elephants in our diorama halls. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to Los Angeles as well. More 

Surrey, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I know it is a natural museum, but way to many taxidermy specimens. After a while I felt sad for all the live lost. The archeture here is really pretty, the displays that don't contain real specimens are well put together, the jungle exhibit looks dated. I thought the feature exhibit pteranodon was not worth the price paid, 2 four... More 

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