Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Directions [Thomas Guide pg 674]
110 S, exit Exposition, go through light onto Exposition, pass airplane
and museums on left, turn left on Menlo Ave., park on right.
110 N, exit Martin Luther King Jr., go left, right on Menlo Ave., park
Good Things to See & Hear
This is an extensive natural history museum with beautiful dioramas of
North American and African mammals, and a hands-on, interactive
Discovery Center with live animals, shells, bones, rocks and a live
Insect Zoo. Watch for special exhibits. A live butterfly exhibit called
Pavilion of Wings that children can walk through has become a summer
regular. There is also a dinosaur exhibit and a Cenozoic Fossils
exhibit that includes some fossils from the La Brea Tar Pits.
Easy stroller access on the N side of building. A pass for the
Discovery Center is needed during the summer - get one free at the
There is a Members' Loan Service on the first floor that allows members
to check out specimens to take home for two weeks for a very minimal
Monday - Friday
9:30 .a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Child (5-18): $2.00
Under 5: Free
Adults (2): $40.00
Includes access to Page Museum
Wide double strollers
Playground (across the street)
Picnic area (on grass outside)
Children’s Museum at La Habra
La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
Eaton Canyon County Park and Nature Center
San Dimas Canyon Park and Nature Center
Whittier Narrows Nature Center
Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park and Orange County Natural
Shipley Nature Center at Huntington Central Park
Irvine Regional Park and Nature Center
El Dorado East Regional Park and Nature Center
Wilderness Park and Nature Center
STAR EcoStation Environmental Science and Wildlife Rescue Center
Exposition Park Rose Garden
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
University of Southern California (USC)
Bug Fair in May
Butterfly Pavillion in summer
Something to Do After Your Visit -
Explore bones further after your visit to the dinosaur skeletons and
bones in the Natural History Museum. Find bones in your body and in
your child's body. Feel them, talk about how hard they are, name them,
and compare the size of your leg bone and your child’s leg bone.
Compare your body to that of a tree (back bone and leg bones are trunk,
arms bones are branches, fingers are leaves, feet are roots). Talk
about what does and does not have bones (haves: dinosaurs, cats, dogs,
people, and snakes; have-nots: plants, jellyfish, bugs (their support
is from their outer shell)).