Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles

(4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
Trace the history of the natural world and study Earth's biodiversity by learning about the 35 million specimens housed in Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Discover the dinosaur hall with the world's only Tyrannosaurus Rex growth series and watch scientists at work in the Dino Lab. You'll have the opportunity to explore over 240 specimens including whale skeletons and realistic animal dioramas. The museum also features a gem and mineral hall with over 2,000 specimens that is considered to be one of the finest exhibits of its kind in the world. Use our Los Angeles trip itinerary maker to arrange your visit to Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and other attractions in Los Angeles.
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  • Love this museum! Parking is easy and just across the street ($12). The dinosaurs section is great and really thorough, as is the gemstones section. Docents are around to answer questions or elaborate...  more »
  • All interesting exhibits. Some are permanent, others change. Location is great, as can see other museums and, of course, the Rose Garden. Dinosaurs are great for the kids, Gems and Minerals for the gr...  more »
  • It is a Museum of reasonable size that can be visited in a day. It has various exhibition rooms where you can find from dinosaurs, to minerals, to the history of the State of california. All presented in an entertaining, easy to understand, and without saturating you way. I particularly loved the interactive environments where children can explore, touch and play with the different proposals presented by the Museum. As well as the dinosaur show. In addition, the Museum has a cafeteria, very well stocked, large group picnic area, and an environment outside where the little ones can play and continue to learn.
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  • Wonderful museum, a little old school in some of the animal exhibits, but very captivating. I like the open floor plan which wasn't too crowded with exhibits and allows for plenty of room to observe the exhibits from multiple angles. My wife loved the geological exhibits... beautifully presented. I recommend going on Tuesdays. Entrance is free those days, and yet it wasn't crowded.
  • I haven't been to a museum in a long time, and I enjoyed my visit. A lot has to do with the people you are with though, but my inner child came out and I ran through the exhibits exploring everything I could in the allotted time I had. I do wish there was a larger insect exhibit though. The dinosaur show was pretty funny. Overall good experience.
  • It's a lot bigger than I thought, almost to much to see. A little pricey for admission and you'll pay for parking too. Great taxidermy. Amazing gemstones and minerals. Fun for kids. It was really cold inside bring a jacket for them.
  • We had a great time. ... Just make sure to come early. ... Pterosaurs exhibit was great. ... But we hadn't roam around much due of lack of time. ... we only got to the some first floor. .. they closed early. ... But we had a lot of fun. ... Admission and pterosaurs exhibit are separate price. ... it was a bit expensive but it's worth it. ... Very informative and interesting. ... We learned so much while having fun. ...
  • While it's great and I thoroughly enjoyed the outdated birds exhibit, the bathrooms are disgusting and smell. For $12/person (pay more for the special exhibits) and $12/parking I would hope they would try to maintain the bathrooms better. The cafe was good and not overpriced like lots of other museums. However if you have kids I suggest packing a lunch and eating outside because the kid menu was gross, just fast food. It's cheaper this way too. Parking is cash only. They need to have signs outside in english and Spanish detailing the pricing options. We waited in line so long because no one was prepared with their wallets and taking their time discussing which option to buy.