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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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US$12.00*
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Admission: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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I had no idea how cool this place was...!

Not sure why we've never gone before, but a visit that included an 8 year old inspired us to check it out. And it was a "WOW" experience. In fact, we got so excited we joined... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2016
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

This is a great old time natural history museum is you like dinosaur skeletons, dioramas and gem displays. The museum was supposed to get a major overhaul a few years back but chose instead to redo individual sections of the museum at a time. There is now a great fossils exhibit, a Los Angeles history section, an insect hall plus... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

Not sure why we've never gone before, but a visit that included an 8 year old inspired us to check it out. And it was a "WOW" experience. In fact, we got so excited we joined because we knew we'd be back - kid guests in tow or not. This museum is a wonderful mix of old school (stuff animals... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2016

It might not be the best it it's pretty good for LA. Very clean and well kept and a must see for museum lovers.

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The Dinosaurs are awesome. We spent most of our time checking out the dinosaur fossils. The wildlife (taxidermy) is really well done, nowhere close to the real thing, but awesome none-the-less. The huge collection of gems, especially the perfect ball of quartz, the gold nuggets and the fluorescent minerals, is terrific, and so is the section on birds. There were... More 

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Hope to see you again on your next visit. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

I visited the museum on a rainy day in December. This museum is a nice place to be and has a lot of interesting things on display for anyone regardless of your age. The staff were very friendly too.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016

Dinosaurs aren't the only thing you'll see here but they sure have their share. Excellent displays of wildlife(taxidermy) around the world including an aviary's worth of birds, impressive mineral and gem collection, very cool interactive room, and pleasant grounds.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

Seemed a little "dated" with "stuffed" animals in many of the displays, but the reconstructed dinosaurs were excellent. I especially liked the charts explaining which bones were "actual" and which ones had been "created" by the museum to complete the dinosaur. Don't miss the gem-room!

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Thank Dee L
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We do take pride our Taxidermy (we even have a Taxidermy class from time to time). Some of our Mammal Hall displays do date back to the 1930's (with updates of course). A fun fact on why so many Museum have these displays - they are a way to showcase different parts of the world to visitors. In the early... More 

Medford, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

We did a very quick tour of the natural history museum and had a lot of fun. The mummies from Peru and Egypt were very interesting and the dinosaurs were a great displays. We ate at the café and we all had grilled cheeses and fountain drinks and loved the sandwhich and fries, for three people it was reasonably priced.... More 

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We're happy you got a chance to see our Mummies exhibition during your visit. More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Glad we found this wonderful museum! Military and familes get in for free and seniors get a discount. I would definitely visit here again as I know every trip would be a different experience. Great for all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

Keeping in mind that this museum is not free entry, I absolutely loved it! Definitely worth the money. I try to visit the history museum in each city I visit, and that being said this was one of my favorites. Staff were lovely and the displays were magnificent. Great for all ages!

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We're so happy you enjoyed your visit, and that we made it onto your favorites list! More 

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