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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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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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Excellent for families

A top notch museum with lots of dinosaur displays, gems, rocks, wildlife and special exhibitions like the Chinese Emperor Warriors. The special exhibits have a surcharge.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A top notch museum with lots of dinosaur displays, gems, rocks, wildlife and special exhibitions like the Chinese Emperor Warriors. The special exhibits have a surcharge.

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Tustin, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this museum on a Saturday afternoon. Since we arrived around 2pm, we found parking quite far. Paid $12 for parking. The entrance cost to the museum is very reasonable. Our 6yr old thoroughly enjoyed the whole museum, for us adults we specifically enjoyed the gem n mineral exhibit. It's a great place for educational purposes for kids. From... More 

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Wailuku, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

It was my wife and son's first visit to a major museum and they really enjoyed themselves. It was my first visit since I was a younger child and it felt great to be like a little kid again. The gem and mineral section was huge and impressive. I couldn't believe how many samples were out on display. I bought... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a surprising find for us and we only found out about it because of the combo ticket deal with Aquarium of the Pacific. This was an amazing museum and made the perfect day for my marine and dinosaur obsessed son. The displays were impressive and I even enjoyed them (even though dinosaurs bore me). They have more than... More 

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Marquette, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for something to do inside, this would be a great choice. It literally took us all day to visit. The dinosaur exhibit was excellent and also very informative. The gems and mineral section was my second favorite as I am a rock collector. My husband, sister, and I were able to find some minerals that were even... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this museum! Parking is easy and just across the street ($12). The dinosaurs section is great and really thorough, as is the gemstones section. Docents are around to answer questions or elaborate more on exhibits. The mammal halls are really cool and the displays are detailed and lifelike. I also love the section where you can watch scientists working... More 

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Helendale, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All interesting exhibits. Some are permanent, others change. Location is great, as can see other museums and, of course, the Rose Garden. Dinosaurs are great for the kids, Gems and Minerals for the grown ups!

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St. Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were able to get free admission tickets as they offer free admission on the first Tuesday of the month. We reserved our tickets online. Parking was available across the street. (I believe it was $12 to park.) They have a lot of displays for dinosaurs and animals that lived in California. They also have an interesting... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our three-year-old grandson had the day off from preschool, so we decided to go to the museum to see the dinosaurs. The museum is full of wonderful adventures and hand-on experiences for kids. He was most excited about the dinosaurs. The diaramas were also great. We also had lunch at the cafe. The only down part was the $12.00 parking.... More 

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Charleston, SC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Large dinasour skeletons abound, as well as many other natural animals in exhibits. Good place to eat downstairs also. Looks like they could use some refurbishing, or more aggresive fundraising, but what is there is amazing.

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