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“Journey to the Past”

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 January 28, 2013

Great place to undersand our planet, the evolution and species of animals.The exhibition about Mammals is unmissable.

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Reviewed January 26, 2013

I visited this museum with my six year old granddaughter who was immediately impressed by the various exhibits geared for children that can also be enjoyed by adults. The dioramas were well presented, there was a butterfly exhibits and there was a puppet show for the children to see. We were there for 3 hours and there wasn't a moment that we stopped except to eat.

The sheer size of the museum assures that there is much to be seen within the museum's confines as well as on the grounds where their are exhibits under tents.

Thank Roger M
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a great Natural History Museum, complete with nature dioramas and dinosaur bones. I mean, what else do you want?

How about cool bands, DJs, and affordable wine? The First Fridays events at The Natural History Museum are always a good time, with hot up and coming bands and top DJ's playing sets in exhibition halls. The events also usually include other cool guests, such as cinema's mad genius Werner Herzog, who presented his Oscar nominated 3D documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and then stuck around for a fascinating Q and A at one of the more memorable events in the last few years. And as you're enjoying the cool hipster culture surrounding you, you can enjoy the little kid pleasures of the dioramas and dinosaurs without letting on to the fact that you're still a little kid at heart.

Thank Seth G
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Loved the interactive stories! Displays were very interesting. My kids loved to see the dinosaurs up close!

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

The museum is the largest in the western United States, and its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history.

The place is friendly for children and adults. Most kids enjoy the Butterfly Pavilion. If you are a real "History Nerd" like me, consider looking up info on the LA Coliseum for your own curiosity and/or to share with the youngsters. As it, the Sports Arena and Science Museum (with the Space Shuttle) are on the same grounds.

Dont miss the Megamouth Shark in the tank near the Rotunda. It is easy to pass up but worth looking for... and at.

The first Friday of the month is free and they stay open late. Check website or call for info.

One could go to both the Science Center and History Museum on the same day depending on schedule, energy and attention span.

Pack a lunch to enjoy in the Rose Garden.

Pay to park in one of the lots, I dont advise parking, or even walking, anyplace in the neighborhood. It is simply not safe.

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