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Western Science Center

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Address: 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543-9706
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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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The museum was alot of fun. I wish they had a little more interactive displays to really engage the attention of the kids and get them interested however it IS a small museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2016
Jessica H
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The museum was alot of fun. I wish they had a little more interactive displays to really engage the attention of the kids and get them interested however it IS a small museum. It's clean and the staff are friendly. It's a perfect way to kill some time.

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Thank Jessica H
Hemet,Ca.USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

If you are in the area do yourself a favor and stop by. Who knew this area had so many dinosaurs but that just goes to show you that gas and oil is every where. Seriously the people who did this need a round of applause because they captured to historic moment and put it on display. If you have... More 

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Thank travelingman&woman
Hemet, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A short drive from Los Angeles, San Diego, or Palm Springs brings you to the Hemet- San Jacinto Valley which is the home to this exquisite gem of a museum. On display is Max the Mastodon which was found on location during the building of Diamond Valley Reservoir. The history of the area is well documented and displayed as are... More 

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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

By chance I stumbled across this wonderful scientific oasis in the California summer desert. All of the information offered is interesting and fun, the collection of actual bones and replicas is great and very well explained for all to understand and enjoy.

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Thank IndraRojo
Riverside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Having visited hundreds of museums across the US, this one is a mix of better and mostly worse (especially value). The few premium displays are modern and very, very well done. However, some simple/cheap things to fix are broken (e.g. some broken $2 brushes) which leave the appearance of curator neglect or recognition that those displays are wasted space. The... More 

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Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Hemet, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Western Science Center had its origins in the excavation and preparation of building the dams that enclose Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. In that process of digging they found an abundance of fossils of Mastodons, saber toothed cats and other extraordinary finds. The museum presents all of these in a very entertaining and educational manner that will appeal... More 

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San Jacinto, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Head here for a fun visit to a museum that has activities for the kids. Adults can have fun here too. Great local attraction.

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Thank Kevin L
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

I love this place! There's always something going on and it gets the little ones interested in science! Love the T-rex, too!

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California Desert, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

Came here to see what his was about in the area. Left happy i went. So much history in the area and this held it all and a movie to watch.

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Thank Cece S
Hemet, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Love the mammoth museum and the history of how they uncovered the findings.. however I think the attraction here depends on the attractions they have ... the Leonardo Divinci attraction wasn't that good... and it make the visit rather short... because my kids obviously didn't find it fun... however last year before that they had the magic treehouse which was... More 

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