Discovery Center

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Exposition Park
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles

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 on left.

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 entrance desk.

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 fee.

Monday - Friday
9:30 .a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Adult:  $8.00
Child (5-18):  $2.00
Under 5:  Free

Yearly Membership
Adults (2):  $40.00   
Family:  $50.00    
Includes access to Page Museum

Stroller access
Wide double strollers
Playground (across the street)
Gift shop
Snack bar
Picnic area (on grass outside)

Related Places
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 History Museum
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

Close-by Places
Exposition Park Rose Garden
IMAX Theater
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
University of Southern California (USC)

Special Events
Bug Fair in May
Butterfly Pavillion in summer

Something to Do After Your Visit - Bones
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)).