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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
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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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Came for megamouth, loved bird hall!

I can't believe that mueseums have the connotation of being boring! I had such a blast at this place! I read in a book back home that a very rare megamouth shark was housed here... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Brittany R
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I can't believe that mueseums have the connotation of being boring! I had such a blast at this place! I read in a book back home that a very rare megamouth shark was housed here! (60 specimens have been sighted, most were consumed.) I went solely to see him and I was not disappointed! We also very much enjoyed the... More 

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Hi Brittany, we are happy you enjoyed your visit. The megamouth shark is always a big hit. Our specimen was caught in 1984 off Catalina Island. More 

Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love natural history museums, and this one didn't disappoint. It's large, and you can easily spend the entire day there. They offer free tours that bring you around different exhibits and give you more insight. Admission isn't free, but they do offer student discounts if you're still in college. There is paid parking (it is LA after all.) Beautiful... More 

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Happy Birthday! We're happy that we could be a part of your celebration. More 

Roseville, California
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9 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite museums in Los Angeles. Plenty of space to walk around inside the museum and outside in the rose gardens.

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Thank Juliane C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love the animals but the life size dinosaurs skeletons were just something else! Definitely recommend..

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Historically important, this a a don't miss museum. Always iconic, it is top flight with the new dinosaur exhibit. From the building itself to the incredible variety of exhibits , this is a must.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

VR experience is recommended . Not quite a big museum but has a lot to show. Staff is very friendly .

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

We're excited that you got to experience our VR experience theBlu. We hope you enjoyed your dive! More 

Blountville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed over in LA specifically to see the dinosaur exhibit and were not disappointed! We stayed at a hotel near the airport as we were passing through and took an $18-$28 Uber ride to the museum. It opened at 9:30 am and surprised that there were no problems with traffic getting there and back and the journey was under... More 

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NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Hi EvenLewis, there's nothing like a Dinosaur layover. The Dino Lab is one of my favorite areas, it takes them months to work on each fossil. The Dino Institute here goes out on digs at least once a year, so there's always new finds to discover in the lab. More 

San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, I was not expecting the collection to be as big as the building. Three flors and around every corner We found some sting new. We with teen aged boys, they had a blast, over three hours in the museum.

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California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have catered many proms and weddings at this venue.. it is so interesting.. it is great to visit with the kids as well, and to bring out of town visitors .. it is close to the California Science center and the Imax theater, so you can make a whole day of adventure out of it- I love this place..you... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You will learn lots more background stories from the guide about the exhibits. Did a father-and-son trip as my daughter was not feeling well. My teen son enjoyed the trip thoroughly. The dinosaur exhibits alone are worth the time to visit this enormous place.

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Thank HCL13plw
NHMLAC, Manager at Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, responded to this review

Hi HCL13plw, thank you for your review. Yes, our free tours are awesome. The Gallery Interpreters do an amazing job, and they have a wealth of knowledge. More 

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