Natural History Museum Los Angeles: visit to the natural history museum

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With over 35 million specimens and artifacts that tell the story of the Earth over 4 billion years, the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is the largest natural history museum in the western United States. For museum lovers and for those traveling with children, this is a stop not to be missed!


  • Natural History Museum Los Angeles. Cos’è?
  • Where is it and how to get there
  • Tickets and Opening Hours
  • Why visit it?
  • Where to sleep in the area

Natural History Museum Los Angeles. Cos’è?

Founded in 1913 as a Museum of History, Science and Art, over the years it has enormously enlarged its headquarters by increasing the collections with unique finds and creating interactive exhibits that will appeal to both adults and children.

The beautiful palace with columns, marble and a majestic dome was its original seat from the beginning and still retains its charm today. The building is iscritto nel National Register of Historic Places, the prestigious register of American historic houses.

The museum is associated with the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall. The common goal of the three museums is that of "To inspire wonder, desire for discovery and responsibility towards our natural and cultural worlds".

Where is it and how to get there

The Natural History Museum is located at 900 West Exposition Boulevard of Los Angeles.

If you are in auto you can park in the museum car park which costs $ 12 for visitors, regardless of how long you park. The car park is located on Bill Robertson Lane, south of Exposition Boulevard.

If you are in metro take it Expo Line, line E. The best stops are there Expo/USC and Expo/Vermont, from both you can reach the museum in about 4 minutes on foot.

Tickets and Opening Hours

The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles is open from Wednesday to Monday from 9:30 to 17:00. The closing day is Tuesday.

The entrance ticket is included in the Go Los Angeles Pass and costs:

  • $ 15 for adults
  • $ 12 for students and seniors
  • $ 7 for children over 2 years old

The Butterfly Pavillon and 3D cinema cost $ 6 respectively.

The museum offers every day various types of free tours included in the entrance ticket:

  • Gallery Exploration: every day at 13:00. The meeting point is the Dueling Dinosaurs. You will discover the stories and secrets behind the collections in the museum.
  • Highlighting Research and Collection: every day at 14pm. The meeting point is the Grand Foyer. You will learn the details of the great work done by researchers and scientists related to the various collections of the museum.
  • Nature Walk: every day at 15:30 pm. The meeting point is in the gardens, in front of the Nature Lab near the bridge. On this tour you will stroll through the park to discover the animal and plant varieties found in nature.

Why visit it?

Inside the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History you will find three floors of permanent collections as well as amazing temporary collections that gradually follow one another to increase knowledge of the world around us and how it was before the arrival of man.

In spring and summer the museum also offers a pavilion in which to admire common and rare colorful species butterflies. In autumn, however, you will be able to observe various species of spiders in their natural habitat.

Lo insect zoo it is another rather interesting area in which to discover the most disparate varieties of insects that populate our planet.

One of the most popular areas is the section dedicated to Dinosaurs which will surely make many children happy. There Dinosaur Hall extends over two floors and you will walk among 20 huge reconstructions of dinosaurs and marine animals that populated the Earth before their extinction. This is the only place in the world where you can admire a Newborn T-Rex, young and adult closely selling real differences and size. Plus, you will find more than 300 fossils and the excavation area will make you feel like a real archaeologist!

Three large galleries on two floors form the area called African and North American Diorama Halls where you can admire large dioramas that recreate the most common habitats in North America and Africa with specimens of wildlife that you will seem to see live. And if you really want to see live animals, al Natural Lab of the museum you can do it.

La Gem and Mineral Hall offers visitors information and details on over 2000 minerals, stones, meteorites and gems from around the world. You will be able to touch a meteorite and a petrified tree, as well as learn all about why California is called the Golden State: gold, gold, gold!

And if you want to discover the history, features and development of the state of California in detail, don't miss the area Becoming Los Angeles.

Where to sleep in the area

The National History Museum of Los Angeles is located in Exposition Park, not far from LA Memorial Coliseum, the California Science Center and the University of Southern California. We are southwest of Downtown and the area is dynamic and youthful. You won't have a hard time finding accommodations in this area, but for more tips on staying overnight in the city I recommend reading our article on where to sleep in Los Angeles.

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