The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County


The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90007

(213) 763-3466

Written by Scott Messmore

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County has a wide ranging collection from the natural world that's sure to entertain kids and adults alike. The oldest and largest natural history museum in the western United States, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles has more than 33 million items ranging from actual, full-size dinosaur skeletons and meteorites from planet Mars to the live insect zoo and the largest collection of gold in the United States. One of the more recognizable exhibits is the Dueling Dinosaurs, full-size skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus rex and a Triceratops locked in a battle for survival. T-rex is probably the most well-known dinosaur, being the terrifying star of Jurassic Park. Triceratops was a heavy, three-horned dinosaur that walked close to the ground. Located in the Dinosaur Halls, other ancient creatures at the Natural History Museum are the spiked-tail Stegosaurus, a Plesiosaur and a duckbilled Edmontosaurus.

A TRex Named Sue

Since it started in November, 2000 the exhibit "A T. rex named Sue" has shown the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered. The show will include a life-size casting of the T. rex, which is 45-feet long, and castings of its 12-inch-long teeth. Back by popular demand is the Pavilion of Wings, a collection of 20 different butterfly and moth species. Thousands of visitors came to the Natural History Museum to see the brightly colored butterflies last year. Visitors can walk through the pavilion grounds spotting large Monarch butterflies or the American Painted Lady. Kids will get a big kick out of the wildly popular Ralph M. Parson Insect Zoo with its collections of live bugs and insects. Black widows, tarantulas, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, centipedes, millipedes and scorpions all wait for the junior zoologist. Admission to the Insect Zoo is included in the general ticket price. For more information, call 213-763-3558.

Hours of Operation and Location

The Natural History Museum is located at 900 Exposition Blvd. Admission to the museum is: adults $8; seniors $5.50; children $2 and children under five years old are admitted for free. Tour groups with more than 10 visitors can make arrangements for reduced fees with museum staff by calling 213-763-3218. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. You can visit the museum's web site at

For more information about the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, call 213-763-DINO.

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