© Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural museum in the western US. The museum’s permanent collection consists of almost 35 million artifacts and specimens that cover 4.5 billion years of the world’s natural history. Visitors can see dinosaurs in Dinosaur Hall, go behind the scenes to see how scientists examine fossils in the Dino Lab, have a close look at 240 specimens of skeletons including mastodons and whales, and view dioramas showcasing animals from Africa and North America. Walking through the beautiful Nature Gardens, visitors can learn about plants and animals in the Nature Lab, touch over 2,000 specimens in the Gem and Mineral Hall, and see real diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and other precious gems in the Vault. There is also the Spider Pavilion and the Butterfly Pavilion, which offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with over 30 species of butterfly.
900 Exposition Blvd, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA 90007-4057, Phone: 213-763-3466
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