The Natural History Museum Los Angeles has a cool Dinosaur Hall, a pit where kids can dig for fossils, and a meteorite and gold collection.
Set aside 2 to 3 hours to explore this awesome museum, and combine it with a visit to the free California Science Center next door.
The Natural History Museum has two entrances. The main entrance is at 900 Exposition Boulevard at the Otis Booth Pavilion, and the older entrance is at the Rose Garden.
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1. It's inside a stunning 1913 beaux arts building at Exposition Park in LA.
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2. The old eastern entrance from 1913 is one of LA's most magnificent public spaces.
It overlooks a rose garden and has a domed rotunda with marble columns. The centerpiece of the rotunda is the Three Graces statue representing the muses of art, history and science.
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3. See the famous T.Rex Trio at the Dinosaur Hall.
The popular T.Rex Trio includes three skeletons of a baby, juvenile and sub-adult T-Rex.
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4. The 14,000 square foot Dinosaur Hall has 20 dinosaur skeletons and 300 fossils.
See the oldest known dinosaur footprint in California, and hold dinosaur eggs.
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5. Check out this American Mastodon skeleton that went extinct 11,000 years ago.
See the skeletons of post dinosaur age mammals in the Age of Mammals Hall at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles, like the American Mastodon, polar bears, walruses, zebras, elk, cheetah, bisons, wolves and a Sumatran Tiger,
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6. The skeletons of Allodesmus are suspended from the ceiling, and swam through a submerged California 15 million years ago.
7. Check out the beautiful African and North American Diorama Halls with lions, giraffes and elephants.
Observe beautiful dioramas from the 1920s (staged landscapes) of lions, giraffes, elephants, gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, bison, moose, and bears at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles.
8. Be dazzled by 2,000 specimens at the Gem and Mineral Hall.
Be dazzled by 2,000 spectacular specimens on display. These include meteorites, polished gemstones, and minerals. Observe the biggest gold nugget in California, the famous Mojave gold nugget.
9. Play with microscopes and dig for fossils, at the Discovery Center.
Experience hands on fun at the indoor Discovery Center. Dig for fossils at the Paleo Play Zone. There's also an insect zoo, microscopes and magnifying glasses.
10. Hang out in an enchanting Nature Garden.
Kids can paddle in an urban creek bed with waterfall. There's a Get Dirty Zone with a compost bin to dig around in, stumps to step on, and a willow house to explore. The pond is full of ducks, insects, dragonflies and fish. There's also a pollinator meadow with californian native plants, bee hotels, and hummingbird feeders, at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles.
Know before you go
- Address: 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007.
- Hours and admission: check here.
- Free days: check here.
- Paid Parking: On Bill Robertson Lane, just off Exposition Boulevard (cash only).
- Public Transport: Ride the cheap EXPO line from Santa Monica downtown, to the Expo Park/USC Station. It takes 50 minutes. Cash for fares.
- Food: Natural History Museum Grill.
- Gift shop: Yes.
- Temporary exhibits: here.