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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057
+1 213-763-3466
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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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  • Average6%
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

I did not appreciate how bad this place really is. It has a very good dinosaur exhibit, but then it has endless rooms of dead stuffed animals. I can't say I really liked looking at extinct animals stuffed. I would go back for the dinosaur...More

Thank kat2020
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Hi Kat2020. Saw your review. We have dioramas (many from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s) that display taxidermy animals as part of scenes that recreate habitats. We get new specimens for display from zoo animals that have died and from roadkill. The value of having...More

Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My family and I took a spontaneous trip to Los Angeles. One of our stops in LA was the Natural History Museum. I grew up in Los Angeles but moved to San Diego in 1991. It has been many years since I have been to...More

Thank Enzo S
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Hi Enzo, Welcome back, we are glad you stopped by and visited us again. A lot has changed since you were last year, but yes we have kept some of the favorites from around the Museum, like the Elephants in our diorama halls. We hope...More

Reviewed 5 July 2016

I know it is a natural museum, but way to many taxidermy specimens. After a while I felt sad for all the live lost. The archeture here is really pretty, the displays that don't contain real specimens are well put together, the jungle exhibit looks...More

Thank Mommamia04
Reviewed 4 July 2016

You will learn so much about our semi-desert LA Basin. LA was under a deep sea eons ago- you will find out all about it. The museum has been beautifully redone and restored. Not to be missed.

Thank Holly S
Reviewed 4 July 2016

this is a beautiful museum to see especially early in the morning where very few people are there. It's excellent for photograph because it's garden is well care. There are roses and other beautiful trees that make you forget you are in Downtown LA. Inside...More

Thank Bogard C
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Excellent experience, but get there before 10:00am, After this time, you will be in a long line for tickets ($12.00-adults). Very interesting with an excellent cafe on the lower level.

Thank CMB7694
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2016

Happy you were able to visit us. Next time skip the lines and get your tickets online. Once you get here just show your ticket, either printed or on your phone, and you're inside in just a few minutes.

Reviewed 3 July 2016

Great for kids, reasonable prices, and people that like History Museums will find this to be a good option.

Thank LearningCurv
Reviewed 30 June 2016

What a well-kept and informative museum. So much to see and absorb! The dinosaurs are so cool-well displayed! The Gem section dazzles the eyes and teaches you all about how gems are made and classified. The Bird Hall is impressive--coming face to face with the...More

Thank napakettu7
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We came here on my son's 2nd grade field trip and we had a blast! My son and his best friend absolutely loved the dinosaur section. This was a great place to go with kids between 6-12.

Thank Lauren S
Reviewed 21 June 2016

This was my first trip to this Natural History Museum. It has an awesome dinosaur exhibit that goes into what they ate, how they developed, as well as how they were found. The mammal exhibit was also first rate. I always like gem exhibits and...More

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Response from Juliane C | Reviewed this property |
Traffic in Los Angeles is unpredictable. I think 1 1/2 should be plenty of time.
13 April 2017|
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Response from Gteanio | Reviewed this property |
Should be good. Most areas have elevators. Be ready for lots of walking. Well worth the visit. Hope you have a good time.
8 October 2016|
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Response from NHMLAC | Property representative |
You can park in the Natural History Museum's parking lot for $12 for the full day. Across the street on Bill Robertson Ln is also $12 (cash) it's called Lot 3.