Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Located in Los Angeles, California is the western United States’ largest natural and historical museum, with collections of up to a collective 35 million pieces of both artifacts and specimens. These collections include both exhibitions in the museum and specimens used for research in-house and at other campuses. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County works in conjunction with the Page Museum located in the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Santa Clarita’s oldest community, Newhall.

The Museum of History, Science, and Art was opened in 1913 in Exposition Park as a project of a museum association that was formed three years prior. It was renamed The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, and eventually, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in 1963 after the initial museum split into two separate museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and The Los Angeles County Museum of History and Science.

The museum has undergone extensive renovations over its lifetime, having its Age of Mammals exhibition premiering in the 1913 building, which had closed for renovations then reopened in 2009, as well as its Dinosaur Hall in 2011 and its exhibition Becoming Los Angeles in 2013. There are a plethora of subjects to explore when visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. You’ll want to check out as much as you can with three floors of the museum’s permanent collections, including displays of various animals and their habitats, as well as dinosaurs, insects, and a Nature Lab.

While all of the museum’s collections are impressive, the most popular and highly valued are the Pleistocene paleontology and mineralogy. Their dinosaur collection is well renowned for its ownership of an extensive amount of pieces that were gathered from The La Brea Tar Pits. The Dinosaur Lab allows visitors to look on while scientists prepare fossils that have been recently uncovered. The Dinosaur Hall features over 300 fossils, with 20 fully built skeletons displayed on the walls. When you first walk through the door, you will be faced down by a beautifully preserved gigantic triceratops skull.

The museum owns one of the world’s largest collections of marine specimens that is located in a private site other than the museum’s main property. Year-round, the museum hosts a variety of programs and educational opportunities for families as well as adults and youth. Virtual school programs are offered for teachers to use for their classes over Zoom. If you aren’t a teacher but are still interested in exploring the educational resources, visit the website to see what they have at the moment!

Anyone interested in visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County can travel to 900 W Exposition Blvd in Los Angeles, California, 90007. They are open every day from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM but are closed on holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Independence day as well as the first Tuesday of each month. A representative can be reached at (213) 763-3466.

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