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Western Science Center

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Address: 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543-9706
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+1 951-791-0033

Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American...

Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You'll be moved by "Max", the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as "Xena", a Columbian mammoth.

Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses "Little Stevie", a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site.

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Always Interesting Exhibits

This, by far, is an excellent museum to take your out of town relatives to. They have many exhibits that change regularly. Some specimens found here not found anywhere else in... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2017
Riverside, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love natural history museums. But this place is targeted for the very very young. Personally, I found it to be kind of useless. And I am very disappointed by that.

Thank Dennis T
Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This, by far, is an excellent museum to take your out of town relatives to. They have many exhibits that change regularly. Some specimens found here not found anywhere else in the world.The entire area surrounding the museum is beautiful.

Thank travel4me53
Windsor, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This museum is small but very interesting, especially for those who are interested in fossils. We didn't know that this area of California had so many extinct animals that used to roam the lands here outside of Hemet. The exhibits show bones from several types of Mammoths, Sloths, Saber toothed tigers, ancient camels and horses; plus there is a head... More 

Thank byebye2u
Hemet, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We took our two 10 year old grand kids to this museum. It might be small but is mighty in quality, information and interactive opportunities. The kids loved being able to recreate their own ancient foot print out of plaster and take it home for free.

Thank diannetrout
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9 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017

They have an outstanding museum and a very nice information center for local issues like water and history of Diamond Valley Lake.

Thank Ron K
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful afternoon with friends from out of town. The exhibit is amazing, and a great day. Take a lunch and eat out on the fields.

Thank Kaye H
Hemet, California
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 February 2017

An awesome place to go, you get to see the mammoth bones they dug up when they were making Diamond Lake and watch two films about how they did it. Very interesting with some interactive thing to do too.

Thank momchurch
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

There is a museum and school on site, I wasn't impressed. The grounds outside of the museum are very nice but the museum itself so so.

Thank majorg
San Jacinto, United States
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

We took the kids and older family members for the tour, we enjoyed the videos and displays. The historic animals that they uncovered in the Valley were amazing. I highly recommend this center for family of all ages.

Thank Ricky J
Kamloops, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

So surprised. Again, a small, local venue that clearly has a lot to offer. Spent well nearly 2 hours in this small museum learning of the palaeontology perspective that developed because of the construction of Diamond Valley Lake. Very well presented!

Thank Sandy V

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