Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

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900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90007

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    Go Oh Natural in Los Angeles

    by marinarena Written Aug 31, 2014

    Not every beauty is fake or unnatural in the city of Los Angeles. Don't believe so? Think again.
    Discover the history of L.A. and the world, including the prehistoric dinosaur world at the very attractive and inviting Natural History Museum, in Exposition Park, by USC.

    As one of the staple museums of the entire city and the largest natural history and science museum in the U.S.A, NHM is a must-do for all of you history and science buffs with a few hours to spare in your downtown adjacent L.A. visit. Take that, Smithsonian! Split up into several halls full of rare local and world artifacts, NHM is a delight for the eyes and mind.

    If you or your kid goes gaga over dinosaurs, you'll love the several dino-riffic skeleton figures displayed in the magnificent Dinosaur Hall. There is a dedicated Dino Lab that works painstakingly on fossil collections.

    Those who are fascinated with Los Angeles as a city, NHM is a perfect place to discover the city's origins and historic highlights from the 18th century to recent past of late last century. The "Becoming L.A". exhibit is a massive permanent feature of the museum which features an impressive 3-D model map of the city, several actual artifacts owned by citizens like clothing pieces, a life-size grizzly bear creation (Grizzly bear is the state animal of California) and much, much more.

    Take the family, friends or go solo here. Get to NHM easily by Expo rail line. It's about a 10 min ride from downtown L.A., at 7th/Flower St. Parking can get problematic. It is somewhat limited in the museum lot and street parking costs $10 (cash only).

    Notes:
    The museum was open in 1913.
    Admission*: $12 adult, $9 students/children. Big school groups are free (lucky locals)
    * subject to change
    Check out the website for more details.

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    Natural History Museum is always Interesting!

    by GracesTrips Written Aug 26, 2012

    I enjoy going to the Natural History Museum every now and then. My favorite exhibits are the dinosaurs and the rocks and minerals. On this visit, the museum had a temporary exhibit, Live Butterfly Pavillion. It wasn't too crowded in August on a Sunday. That surprised me.

    If you enjoy the Natural History Museum in DC, you will like this one, too!

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    Exposition Park

    by DueSer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Exposition Park area of Los Angeles is home to a number of things that could easily keep a tourist busy for a very full day. Bear in mind, however, this isn't the nicest neighborhood so you wouldn't want to be here after dark.

    In the actual park itself there are several museums, including the Science Center & IMAX Theatre, the Natural History Museum, and African-American Museum. Behind the NHM is a sunken rose garden with benches, a gazebo, and a lovely fountain. It's a very pleasant spot to rest your feet or to have a light lunch.

    From the rose garden, you can see the University of Southern California (USC). Some of the buildings on campus have fantastic architecture so if that's an interest of yours a stroll around campus won't disappoint. Across the street from USC is the Shrine Auditorium, former home of the Oscars and still used as a theatre today. If you can get in, check out the chandalier in the main auditorium. It's amazing.

    Also in the Park is the LA Coliseum. This was home to the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984. It was also home to the Dodgers when they first moved to California until Dodger Stadium could be built.

    A nearby neighborhood is known as West Adams and is home to some beautiful, historic homes. It could certainly be combined with a visit to Exposition Park.

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    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    by cheap_tourist Written Mar 3, 2004

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    The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is a big museum. You may need a couple of days to really see its exhibits. They have the usual dinosaur and early mammal (cenozoic) exhibits. They also have dioramas showing African and North American mammals in their environment. I especially like the exhibits on American History and California History. They have many other exhibits including a stunning one on gems and minerals. It's definitely an information overload.

    The museum is located at Exposition Park so there are many other attractions nearby. Within walking distance are the Rose Garden, the California Science Center with its IMAX theatre, the Aerospace Museum, the Afro-American Museum, L.A. Sports Arena, and L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Across the street is the USC Fisher Gallery which currently shows the works of four photographers.

    The DASH Route F shuttle bus stops in front of the museum. Admission is free every first Tuesday of the month. Usually, adult admission is $9 while admission for kids 5-12 is $2.

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