Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Rikmak
77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Good way to spend a day 3-5 hours, especially for the kids. The building itself has a beautiful domed stain glasses window. Exhibits included dinosaurs, animals, the Lab (see rats, snakes etc), two movies on the ocean and dinosaurs (pay extra) and how Los Angeles developed thru time (which was interesting). There is a cafe but as expected you can’t eat/drink in the movies or exhibit. If you have a late flight out and are looking for a way to spend a few hours, this is a good option.
Written January 10, 2020
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hilo88
Honolulu, HI361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I had been to this Museum once circa 1995 as a kid and remember enjoying it, but haven’t been there since. I now have kids of my own and took them to the museum. They enjoyed it just as I did.

My older son is a dinosaur and prehistoric animal fiend and this museum delivered. It is larger than it looks and had a lot to offer. It is clean, well-organized, and full of great displays, and wasn’t too crowded where I felt uncomfortable. We enjoyed the bone displays and the animal dioramas that compose most of the museum. We ended up hanging out around 5-6 hours… so much to see and do.

The food café was pretty good too. I got my son a flatbread pizza for like $15 thinking it was an overpriced slice. Nope, it was a whole pizza that could’ve fed us both. The tenders I got was good too.
The only thing I didn’t love was 1) I got a little lost in the museum and elevators were often down or hard to locate 2) The Museum parking lot was full and I have to park at the Expo lot which was a bit of a trek. I actually got a little lost trying to find this back up lot and ended up doing some laps around Expo Park in traffic… so that was a poor start. I guess get there early to get the better lot.

Anyway, the museum itself was awesome and I would definitely return. Hopefully not 23 years later next time.
Written August 17, 2023
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Denise Z
Santa Cruz, CA37 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Even though the bones are old - there is always something new, interesting and fun to experience when you visit. Great for families of all ages. Easily accessible via public transportation. If you drive, arrive early to take advantage of the onsite parking garage - it fills up fast, especially on the weekends.
Written November 10, 2021
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Thewanderingmarine
Oceanside, CA228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Pro:
1. Clean
2. Awesome Exhibits
3. Parking is Convenient ( 15 dollars to park)
4. Great variety
5. Family Friendly
6. Restaurant on site

Cons:
1 . Parents let their kids run around like maniacs. Manage your kids and be mindful of others. If your kids are unruly don't bring them so they don't ruin the experience for others.

Tips:
1 . Use your benefits as Students/EBT holder/ Active Duty or Veteran Status
Written December 23, 2022
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Vivienne
Wellington, New Zealand39 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
Dinosaur exhibit is worth the visit - we’ll curated and informative.

Exhibit on LA was informative, as was the mammals hall.

Otherwise, very ‘old school’ - exhibits could definitely use modernisation.

Beautiful building.

Expensive for what it is.
Written September 8, 2022
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F-F
Los Angeles, CA1,179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019
I went with my son, who is 7, and he loved it here. There are a tons of things to see and explore and a tons of dinosaurs bones. If you are into dinos this is the place to be!
Written November 5, 2019
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Hi Fernando. We are so happy you and your son had a great time. We do love dinosaurs. I hope you got the chance to visit our Dino Lab to see our scientists working on fossils from one of our recent digs.
Written November 13, 2019
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Tina Davidova
Tyumen, Russia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Were here with friends and totally liked the place . Worth a visit just to know everything about LA , and spend a good time !
Written July 2, 2019
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Road37765
Yucaipa, California1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In researching possibilities for a special outing for just my son (age 10) and me, I came across Los Angeles' Natural History Museum and Science Center. My son LOVES museums... I'm not such a fan of them... but thought we'd give it a try since this was a day for him. We both had an absolutely awesome day! My son was so impressed with the dinosaur exhibits, the North American and African animal halls, gems/minerals exhibit, the bug zoo... the list goes on!! I was as well impressed with all of these and just the overall quality, beauty and architecture of the museum itself. We also thoroughly enjoyed the Science Center but decided it was too much to do both in one day! We could have easily spent the better part of a day at each facility and taken more time to enjoy all that we experienced. We are anxious to make another trip (which is an hour+ for us) to both again in the near future. Very well priced too for a full day's entertainment.
Written February 18, 2003
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Lena K
Fullerton, CA2,352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
My granddaughter, her mother and I went to the Museum for their Butterfly Pavilion. Due to the overcast day, most butterflies were NOT flitting around; they want sunshine to warm them up.
Written May 30, 2018
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KenLinda B
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Family
We come from the DC area, so Smithsonian is the gold standard for museums to us, and this is right up there. The dino exhibit was extensive and impressive. We were awed by the diorama displays in the several great halls displaying native animals of the Americas. We kept thinking how much our grand kids would enjoy this place. On-site parking was $12, nice cafeteria with outside seating if you wish.
Written February 28, 2018
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