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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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Address: 900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057
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+1 213-763-3466
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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An iconic museum well worth a long visit

The Natural History Museum is an iconic museum well worth a long visit, built back in the days when museums were meant to inspire as well as inform -- and this one certainly does... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This grand dame of the Los Angeles museum scene is emerging from a long slumber and being revitalized into an impressive interactive museum space. The enormous rock and mineral, bird, and diorama collection are still there, but now they share space with a native plant garden, a hands-on dinosaur haul, and a children's interactive room filled with insects and other... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Natural History Museum is an iconic museum well worth a long visit, built back in the days when museums were meant to inspire as well as inform -- and this one certainly does. As you go in the main entrance, almost the first thing you will see is a huge display of dinosaur skeletons, which may remind you of... More 

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Los Angeles
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

make sure you check out the rose gardens there are plenty of cool places in the area for a snack or lunch so all in all a very enjoyable half day Nice exhibits sometime there are cool special events, also check out CA science center nearby

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Depoe Bay, Oregon
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is pretty cool, but make sure you visit the butterfly pavillion which is only open for part of the year. You get to be inside an enclosure with hundreds of butterflies. So cool!!

Thank Patrice D
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really nice Museum. You can easily spend the entire day in it. And is not expensive at all. I would recommend it.

Thank MonicaSCNtraveler
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We did not buy ticket for special exhibits, so this review only applies to the standard diaramas. The bird wing is very, very dark and specimens are difficult to see. The large mammal exhibits are definitely worth the trip. I wish the birds in the African mammal exhibit were also labeled, as the lighting is much better. The garden is... More 

Thank Janell S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are new to the LA and looking for things to see and do, then go here. Otherwise, do not waste you precious vacation time coming here. This place is not the NY Met, nor the Louvre museum. Getty museum is better.

Thank Bogard C
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Dinosaur hall is exciting. So much information to take in. Interested also to watch paleontologists at work in the Dino Lab. The other exhibits are very nice too. The exhibits look so real that you'd think they would move. The nature lab was also really cool. Esp if you're visiting with children. We planned to just stay for 45 mins... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had some time to kill on a business trip in LA so decided to visit a museum. Since this one was open on a Monday (many are not), I opted to stop in here. The place is pretty cool. Anyone with a family would probably enjoy it more than I did, but I had a fun time. The gem collection... More 

Thank Candice M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice and clean. Was easy to get around on a rainy Sunday. Fair amount of exhibits but nothing to write home about. Staff was friendly and it was convenient. I would go with small children but not as an adult.

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