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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-3466
http://www.nhm.org
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Originally opened as the Museum of History, Science, and Art in 1913, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County invites visitors to a world of scientific discover, an examination of nature and ... Read more
culture. With numerous exhibitions covering animals and humans, a trip here is like a trip back in time. The museum has also served as the stage for several television shows, from episodes of Bones to How I Met Your Mother.The mission of the museum is to inspire wonder, discovery and responsibility towards our natural and cultural world. This place will enthrall you. It has three floors of permanent exhibitions, which show the world's rarest shark, the largest necked dinosaur, the Zuni Fetishes (a tribute to the artistic skills of the Native Americans), a large Gem & Mineral hall, grand mammal dioramas, 3.5 acres of nature gardens, as well as an insect Zoo. The museum is home to the Dino Institute, which you can see paleontologists working on fossils they have dug up in the Dino Lab. A lot of the skeletons in the new Dino Hall have been found and worked on by the paleontologists here. The museum opened its doors to the public in 1913 and has captivated audiences from around the world ever since.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Amazing places to visit for locals and tourist. Great atmosphere for friends and family

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

This place is a must if your into natural history. Lol. Of course it has the animal displays and dinos that are seen in the movie "night at the museum" but it also has a fruit and vegetable garden outside and the best part...on certain Tuesday's throughout the year, you can get in for FREE

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of LA's largest natural and historical museum with over millions of specimens and artifacts. Perfect place to bring the kids to learn about our history. Admission is free for members but Adults are $12 and students with ID are $9. Child admission costs $5. They're open everyday from 9:30-5pm. Parking is hard to find if you're avoiding paying.

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San Francisco, California, USA

From T. rex skeletons to an insect zoo, popular attraction holds more than 35-million artifacts.

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San Francisco, California, USA

I have been a member of the Natural History Museum for the past 2 years, and I still find it enjoyable and educational every time I go. They are always changing up the exhibits and they offer so many real life animal and insect encounters. There really is no where else you can get such easy access to exotic species in the LA area. I highly recommend as a date place and obviously for families with children. This place will really inspire you to keep exploring the mysteries of our world.

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Yorba Linda, California, USA

Night at the Museum.
This review is for the Over Night Sleep Over on 2/18/2017.
Did you know you can sleep at the Natural History Museum? I sure didn't. My son's cub scout troop had an outing for a sleep over at a museum. When I saw that, I signed us up pronto.

What a wonderful experience!
Okay, we had to drive in one of the heaviest rain fall day/night of my life from Yorba Linda to Los Angeles (that's over 30 miles in traffic) Almost 2 hours Yikes! We barely made it to the cut off time (8 pm). With me and my son running in the rain, holding my son in one hand (and his Happy Meal), a backpack, two sleeping bag and an umbrella in the other hand.
That was our wonderful adventure before we got to the entrance. hahaha.

Once we were in, it was smooth sailing through the night and the next day.
They have this down pat.
Check in was a breeze.
They had activities for the kids (art works) and a scavenger hunt for the whole family. I like trivia, so that scavenger hunt was really fun. You had to read the info on each of artifact to solve the questions on the scavenger hunt list. It was enjoyable not only to me, but to everyone else in our group.

Sleeping arrangement:
We were ushered in to the North American Mammals Hall. It's a huge hall. We got to pick where we wanted to set up our sleeping bags. We choose the middle section, right by this giant moose. Air beds were allowed, Electrical outlets were readily available to everyone.

The bathrooms were clean. We used the family bathroom which was really a great help to families with kids.

We were able to roam around certain areas of the museum (first floor only) until lights out (10 pm). Lights on was at 7 am the next morning. We had 2 hours to clear out, which was plenty of time.

We got bracelets for entry into the museum in the morning which opens at 9:30 am.
So during the mean time, our cub scout troop went to the NHM Grill downstairs and ate breakfast until the museum opened.

The museum itself was amazing. The dinosaur fossils was a hit for all the kids (adults as well). They have so many artifacts here that it's a good way to spend the day for sure.

I never dreamt of ever spendingy the night at a museum. i am so glad we did. It was a memorable experience, not only for my son, but for me as well.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Loved the history of la exhibit which takes a look at the history of the city I live in. Animals of Africa and North America looked realistic. Lots of exhibits on dinosaurs and the new gem, minerals and diamonds exhibits were interesting to look at. Parking is $12 and not fre

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

A nice relaxing afternoon strolling through the exhibits. Mineral room a personal favorite!

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Take the Metro from Culver City right to the Museum. See the Natural History and Science Museums and the Space Shuttle.

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Home of the La Brea tar pits. You can visit the tar pits for free and only a small walk away from the LA County Museum of Art "LACMA".

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

Extraordinary resource for history, science and the arts. Look for special events like Summer Nights in the Garden.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I love museums, especially ones with dinosaurs. I'm still just a kid inside and this place never ceases to amaze me. Came here for a date and ended up buying annual memberships. I highly recommend visiting here.

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Local from Whittier

This a great place to learn about Los Angeles and the world. There are so many different animals on display here it's a lot to take in.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I really like all the exhibits! The dinosaur and animal exhibits are probably my favorite! You can probably see everything in about 4-5 hours if done in a leisurely pace.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Came here at the end of January when a lot of the museums are free in LA and you get to experience the history of it all. We lined up and chose this place cuz we wanted to see dinosaurs and you truly get to see the skeletons and history of it all but there's way more than just dinosaurs. You get rocks, many animals, to bones of the old and the new and even plants. You can literally spend hours here. Make sure you have your day set and if you have time, head over to the California science center next door.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I used to come here as a kid for field trips for school, now I'm taking my daughter here! This place is so fun and filled with lots of things to see. I really enjoy this museum because it's great for kids and adults. They have exhibits with African animals and North American animals that look very realistic. There are also dinosaur bone exhibits and they have a reptile exhibit with live turtles, snakes, spiders and other insects! Parking is $10 and tickets for adults are $12, $9 for seniors and children, babies under 2 are free. Not bad if you want to spend an afternoon doing something fun with your family! I would highly recommend it if you have never been.

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Local from Los Angeles

Came here with my family and had TONS of fun. Lots of dinosaur bones. My favorite.

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Local from Hermosa Beach, California, USA

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, and its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Great for those rare rainy days. Full of Dinosaurs so kids will love it, the dioramas, etc.

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Place is great! It will take you the entire day to go around end go to every exhibit.

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