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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

#14 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles Features Animals
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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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057
+1 213-763-3466
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Okay, we only ended up going here because our other plans got derailed, but man, oh man, I am SO THANKFUL we chose to do this! Had I known how incredible this museum is, I would have had it on our original itinerary! Dinosaurs... loads...More

Thank PopcornGirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 4 hours here and almost saw everything on exhibit...almost. There dinosaurs and the gem displays were really wonderful. Too often I find that museums never answer my questions about exhibits. Here, I found myself repeatedly asking myself a question and then turning the...More

Thank serenityseekerFL
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located next to the Science Centre and the African American museum. It is a majestic building and although entry is not free ($12 US per adult) it is absolutely worth a visit. Dinasours, birds, mammals, gems, butterfly garden and more. Free guides...More

Thank Dani F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This grand dame of the Los Angeles museum scene is emerging from a long slumber and being revitalized into an impressive interactive museum space. The enormous rock and mineral, bird, and diorama collection are still there, but now they share space with a native plant...More

Thank Bruinjeepman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Natural History Museum is an iconic museum well worth a long visit, built back in the days when museums were meant to inspire as well as inform -- and this one certainly does. As you go in the main entrance, almost the first thing...More

Thank 00Bruce00
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

make sure you check out the rose gardens there are plenty of cool places in the area for a snack or lunch so all in all a very enjoyable half day Nice exhibits sometime there are cool special events, also check out CA science center...More

Thank DAvid B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is pretty cool, but make sure you visit the butterfly pavillion which is only open for part of the year. You get to be inside an enclosure with hundreds of butterflies. So cool!!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice Museum. You can easily spend the entire day in it. And is not expensive at all. I would recommend it.

Thank MonicaSCNtraveler
Reviewed 17 May 2017

We did not buy ticket for special exhibits, so this review only applies to the standard diaramas. The bird wing is very, very dark and specimens are difficult to see. The large mammal exhibits are definitely worth the trip. I wish the birds in the...More

Thank Janell S
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

If you are new to the LA and looking for things to see and do, then go here. Otherwise, do not waste you precious vacation time coming here. This place is not the NY Met, nor the Louvre museum. Getty museum is better.

Thank Bogard C
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How accessible is the museum and it's exhibits for the physically challenged?
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.
Where is the best place to park if planning to spend the entire day at the Natural History Museum and the Science Center?
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.
Is there somewhere we can drop our luggage so we can enjoy the museum without carting around our bags? In between hotel moves!
8 May 2016|
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Response from buffalojim67 | Reviewed this property |
If you have a hotel but cannot check in, almost all have luggage rooms that you can check your bags before you go to the museum. I am not aware of a luggage check area at the museum itself.