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!
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.
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.