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Western Science Center, Hemet

Riverside County's premiere Natural History museum, Western Science Center, is home to both permanent and special exhibits along with educational programming promoting scientific knowledge.

With an extensive collection of Ice Age fossils, as well as archaeological artifacts, the Western Science Center is the perfect place to discover the past and explore the future!

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Visit Dr. Alton Dooley's Director's Blog at:

http://valleyofthemastodon.wordpress.com/
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  • Great time in the Education center! 5th graders were totally engaged! They loved the lookout discussion and the lab work!  more »
  • Cool place for small kids. Size of these prehistoric animals is awsome. Interesting that you can see archiologists still working on preserving bones and skeletons of these animals. It's a small venue,...  more »
  • In Motion Training Center puts on their annual Christmas dances from their various classes here. Great family outing, Christmas spirit, performance opportunity, crafts for sale. Lovely time.  more »
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  • This is a great place to take kids (or adults) of any age. The museum is smaller and focused on local paleontology and anthropology with some truly great exhibits. This is an active research center where the resident paleontologists and anthropologists current work makes its way into the exhibits. This means something new and interesting will be there every time you visit. The various events and talks such as "Science Saturdays" and "Researcher speed-dating" (not what you may think but super fun) are both enlightening and entertaining. My wife and I attend events here regularly and take our three kids (ages 4, 4 and 6) to the museum several times a year. Go here, don't let the modest size fool you, this place is a treasure of the community. You'll be glad you did.
  • Great place to take the younger kids. Always changing and interactive. Inexpensive too. Then take a walk across the patio for the water station too, it's free. Learn about water conservation, climate, water cycle. My daughter loved a quick trip when she was little.
  • Awesome place to have a family day. The kids loved learning about the dinosaurs/fossils and local history
  • It is a very nice place with fantastic spots to watch the sunrise and sunset. They have amazing skeletons and other artifacts throughout the museum.
  • I will not be returning to this contradicting museum. Don't waste your $8/person on the non-dinosaur, dinosaur museum. The mammoth was cool, but I've seen more put together ones. Oh, and, meanwhile outside of the Water Conservation building... the WHOLE front entrance was flooded by constantly running sprinklers that were watering desert plants and artificial turf. Talk about not practicing what you preach.

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