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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Ranked #16 of 577 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Our first experience to LA during Spring break, very, very crowded so it was often difficult to look at displays. Also very noisy. A lot of stuffed animals so it became a bit depressing to see so many of the same thing.

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

If you like dinosaurs, this is the place for you. Loads of dino skeletons and, for the kids, a great interactive area where they can actually assemble dino bones on a stand to make their own near-life-size skeleton.

There's also a great display of gems and minerals. The two halls containing mammals are looking a bit dated but are impressive. In the basement there's a section about LA history with a number of dioramas that we found interesting.

If you're a fan of the TV show "Bones", the NHM's Rose Garden with the fountain is the view that's often shown as the exterior of the fictional "Jeffersonian Institute".

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Reviewed May 2, 2012

I'm talking about the dinosaur displays. This relatively new display is well presented, educational and enjoyable. Parking can be a bit difficult at busy times. If you are either interested in dinosaurs and natural history or don't know much about these topics, I recommend that you pay the museum a visit. Otherwise you should visit Disneyland, Universal Studios etc. first. There is not much facility for relaxation inside the museum but Exposition Park is nice. There are a lot of kids running around and they are are noisy as are their parents. The displays can be enormous until you find out that they are reconstructed from parts of a dinosaurs femur or other skeletal bits and pieces.

Thank not_johntan
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

I hadn’t been to the museum in over 10 years and was pleasantly surprised by all of the changes. The museum used to be dark and rundown. The remodel of the museum last summer has turned it into a world class venue.

The new Dinosaur Hall is incredible. The displays are very informative. The T-Rex display showing the different stages of a T-Rex’s life (growth series) was my favorite. Very well done.

There are several interactive displays that kids (and adults) enjoy.

The California History & Gems and Minerals exhibits were very interesting and informative.

Fun for adults and kids of all ages.

The area around the museum is nice, not scary like it used to be. The grassy area in front of the museum is a great place to picnic or just relax.

Plenty of parking.

Thank Christy D
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

This is a must visit when in LA. My LA host who was visiting the first time was even shocked and awed by the mineral displays of large gold nuggets, must be worth millions; the colorful gemstones; the beautiful crystal formations; the dinosaur bones etc. Everything inside is an eye opener. A must visit

Thank albert808
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