Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Cheryl I
Santa Barbara, CA18 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
If your main focus is on dinosaur bones, you may enjoy it more than I did. The mineral exhibit was good, but everything else was old, tired and unimpressive. The birds and mammals halls were depressing-I don't think they've updated them since I was last there in the 1970's. The insect area was nothing special and there was very little as far as children's activities. The best thing was dodging cars and trucks on the "freeway" that was projected onto the floor to show how wildlife has to try not to get hit when crossing the freeways. Don't waste your money on this museum when there are so many really good ones from which to choose.
Written 23 February 2024
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA553 contributions
Dec 2023 • Solo
This is a excellent, classic natural history museum with terrific wildlife dioramas, a gem & mineral hall, Meso-American artifacts, and dinosaur fossils. There are several exhibits that reflect Southern California, particularly Becoming Los Angeles on the development of the area and the Age of Mammals, which features some of the prehistoric animals of L.A.

While not as huge as the major natural history museums of Chicago or New York, it's still quite big, and you can easily spend several hours wandering its halls. It's a popular museum, so expect crowds (especially families) on weekends or during school breaks. There is parking in the garage off Figueroa St, and it's really close to the Expo/USC station on the Metro E Line.

Overall, this is a really great museum featuring lots of local history, and it's well worth a visit.
Written 1 January 2024
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Lady Gigglemug
Monrovia, CA2,538 contributions
Oct 2023 • Business
Saw an ad for their seasonal Spider Pavilion - where you can walk among over 300 giant Orb Weavers - and just had to see it!! It's amazing - unnerving yes, but definitely an amazing experience!! *Disclaimer: although my spider photos look very very close, I have a special lens and am actually quite far away - I didn't disturb them or touch them or anything*

Every year, around late August/early Sept, they release over 300 giant Orb Weavers into what's typically their Butterfly Enclosure and let them get established with their giant webs just in time for spooky season lol! And they let you walk around with all these massive spiders dangling over your head and hiding in the trees around you! A perfect way to get in the Halloween spirit haha!

But don't worry - there are lots of spider staff on hand to educate everyone and help with any fears, concerns, or issues you may have. And these spiders are actually quite slow and docile - they're not interested in you at all. They're also not harmful to us - all spiders are venomous to some degree, but these guys won't bite you unless you're aggressively harassing them and even then it won't be much worse than a bee sting (unless your allergic). That being said, please don't harass them lol!

I learned so much and got to see all sorts of species of spiders- mostly orb weavers such as the Golden Silk, Joro, Orchard Spider, and Yellow Garden Spiders. I also found a few Cat-faced Spiders and they're super cute!! And I found a creepy Green Lynx guarding a giant egg bundle AND an absolutely adorable, tiny jumping spider!

I even managed to find a couple of tiny baby spiders running around and one that was on a giant web that I got some great pics of! What an experience!!

I also found a cluster of ladybugs in all their various stages of development: larvae, pupae, and adult - I didn't even know ladybugs pupated!!

So it's definitely worth a visit if you can handle it - lots of school groups came through and most of the kids were loving it haha! Entry is with a timed ticket that you have to reserve in advance and it's an additional $8 on top of general museum admission. Staff take you into the first room where they give you the rules and some info and education and there's a nice display of various types of tarantulas too - but those are behind glass so don't worry haha!

Your timed ticket is good for 30 minutes but staff are generous and flexible if you want to stay longer. And if you can't get enough of the awesome arachnids, they have another creepy and interesting exhibit downstairs in the Nature Lab of Black and Brown Widows in cute little cages with different themes. Very creepy but fun to check out.

The museum itself is massive - it would take me at least a week to explore it all. But I had a nice walk around their extensive gem and mineral exhibit and the Nature Lab - so interesting!! They have all sorts of native California creatures and even a large enclosure full of rats!! Live rats!!

They have a cafe called Neighborhood Grill and a gift shop and several floors of different exhibits - it's huge! They have their own parking garage that's guarded and costs $15 for the day. It's all handicap accessible and has EV charging.

What an incredible experience! And wonderful, knowledgeable, passionate staff! I'll definitely be back to explore more!
Written 3 November 2023
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hilo88
Honolulu, HI370 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
I had been to this Museum once circa 1995 as a kid and remember enjoying it, but haven’t been there since. I now have kids of my own and took them to the museum. They enjoyed it just as I did.

My older son is a dinosaur and prehistoric animal fiend and this museum delivered. It is larger than it looks and had a lot to offer. It is clean, well-organized, and full of great displays, and wasn’t too crowded where I felt uncomfortable. We enjoyed the bone displays and the animal dioramas that compose most of the museum. We ended up hanging out around 5-6 hours… so much to see and do.

The food café was pretty good too. I got my son a flatbread pizza for like $15 thinking it was an overpriced slice. Nope, it was a whole pizza that could’ve fed us both. The tenders I got was good too.
The only thing I didn’t love was 1) I got a little lost in the museum and elevators were often down or hard to locate 2) The Museum parking lot was full and I have to park at the Expo lot which was a bit of a trek. I actually got a little lost trying to find this back up lot and ended up doing some laps around Expo Park in traffic… so that was a poor start. I guess get there early to get the better lot.

Anyway, the museum itself was awesome and I would definitely return. Hopefully not 23 years later next time.
Written 17 August 2023
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Lena K
Fullerton, CA442 contributions
Since the Los Angeles County Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion was closing on the 19th of this month, I decided to take my 9-year-old granddaughter there today. Be sure to go online and reserve day and time (only have 30 minutes in the Pavilion) before coming.
Since we arrived earlier than our reserved time, we went to the North American Mammals Hall where taxidermies of wild animals can be viewed in dioramas. The information plaque in front of the displays are educational. We also went into the Dinosaurs Hall where several life-size dinosaur skeletons are on display.
After being with the many fluttering butterflies in the Pavilion, we had lunch in the ground floor cafeteria.
Written 5 August 2023
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Rick R
El paso57 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Tons of things to see here. I’m very glad we went. My family really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed all the dinosaurs.
Written 13 July 2023
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LaxRover
San Lorenzo, CA7 contributions
Amazing collection of dinosaur fossils and the sheer size of the dinosaurs is mind blowing. It’s great that the kids got to see what they have only read in books.
Written 8 July 2023
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Gigi T
1 contribution
Pretty big museum. Loved the garden entrance and enjoyed seeing the rose garden in full bloom. Admission is free for cal fresh recipients.
Written 24 June 2023
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Jeremy S
1 contribution
May 2023 • Solo
The museum was cool. Go early for less people. Dinosaurs are rad. My favorite part was seeing Lucy. Felt kinda like seeing a rock star or something. Also had a nice lunch in the rose garden. At the very end of my visit I lost my phone. Yeah, totally screwed. The staff there were awesome about it even tough I was totally freaking out but trying to stay calm. A nice young staff member named Michael took sympathy on me and let me use their phone as a hot spot as I tried to use find my phone on my ipad. It was there on the screen just outside the museum but not moving. still couldn't find it. Asking people and feeling quite deranged. Eventually it was found, turned in at the gift shop. Faith in humanity restored. Highs and lows at the museum of natural history.
Written 14 May 2023
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iparker5611
Doylestown, OH353 contributions
Really cool fossils and I love the side by side displays! Gems and minerals for daaaaaaaaaayss!!!! Our favorite part. Definitely worth a trip, need about a full day here since hours are only until 5. Parking was $15. Really cool museums nearby like the science center but we didn't have time to go
Written 5 March 2023
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