Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County : Michelin's recommendations
This broad, varied collection of more than 35 million specimens and artifacts from the fields of life sciences, earth sciences and history ranks third in size in the US, after the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Dinosaurs are well represented here. In the foyer on the Main Level the skeletons of a tyrannosaur and a triceratops are poised for battle. The museum is also home the world's rarest shark - a 14.5-foot-long male that was the first to be placed on public view. The Halls of African and North American Mammals present well-maintained, lifelike dioramas of animal specimens in their natural habitats. The Hall of Gems and Mineral houses more than 2,000 specimens. The Discovery Center offers fossils and bones to touch, plus live fish, reptiles and other creatures to pet. The Insect Zoo includes terrariums crawling with such live specimens as scorpions, tarantulas and millipedes. The Hall of Birds is filled with ingenious and amusing interactive and animated displays, including three walk-through habitats: a Canadian prairie marsh, a tropical rain forest and the California condor's mountain home. The permanent California History exhibit on the lower level traces the period from 1540 to 1940 with replica dwellings, dioramas and historic artifacts and vehicles.
Opening hours :
- 9.30am-5pm, no charge 1st Fri of every month