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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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Ranked #16 of 593 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 July 29, 2013

the museum has made a lot of changes in the last few years and its great. if your from so cal, the history of LA is not worth the 45 minustes i spent in the hall. if you like gems, plan on an hour to soak up everything, the newest dinosaur hall is worth the admission price alone.

Thank mark d
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum is huge and there are tons of different displays. We spent most of our time with the California species, birds, insects and spent some time in the Butterfly House, which was amazing! The Museum is located right next to a Metro Link stop so it's easy to take the train and avoid traffic, parking, etc. It's also next to Exposition Park and a number of other interesting museums so one could easily spend many hours there with a variety of things to see and do. We chose to spend all our time at the Natural History Museum this visit and even though we were there most of the day, we did not have time to see 'everything' nor did we have time for any of the wonderful docent-led tours or presentations so if your goal is to be thorough, be sure to allow plenty of time or possibly more than one day - we decided to join the museum because we felt we could not see all we wanted to see in just one trip.

We were there on a Sunday afternoon so there were lots of families visiting - I really enjoy children but it's a very exciting place and at least during our visit, many of the parents weren't interested in keeping their children very controlled so after awhile the piercing screams echoing off the marble walls and unruly children crashing past me to see something started to dampen my enthusiasm for being around kids. I think I will plan my next visit for a time when it might be a little less crowded.

However, even though there were lots of people and a few unruly and loud children, the museum itself was big enough to accommodate even more people than were actually there and we even ate at the Grill during the height of lunch-time, fearing a super-long wait, but found the line moved quickly and our food was ready within about 5 minutes so we were impressed with how well it was organized. The food prices were about average for this type of place and from what we could tell, all of the meals were generous and looked good.

Be sure to spend some time in the museum stores if you're looking for unusual gifts or items. I found a number of unique gift items including books, games, jewelry and all sorts of other things so it's a great place to shop for unusual items. Overall, it was a very nice visit!

1  Thank Lynda A
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a good place, esp for youngsters, to see dinosaur skeletons (incl a T-Rex), diorama displays of mastadons and sabre tooth tigers. Otherwise, this museum hasn't changed much in the last 25 yrs and is kinda tired. Next door to the Coliseum and the Science Exposition center.

1  Thank lalhasa
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

A real walk through times beyond human knowledge built with patience and skill by reconstructing dinosaur skeletons! Amazing!

Thank ZiaChaudhuri
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The LA Natural History Museum compares favorably to the museums in New York City and Washington DC. Large facility with the usual diaramas and mineral/gem rooms. Nice way to spend part of a day.

Thank Rick Moore
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