The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) in Exposition Park is one of the preeminent natural history museums in the country with extensive research branches that continually expand the collection. Highlights include the Dinosaur Hall, the Gem and Mineral Hall, the Insect Zoo, animal habitats from Africa and North America and the hands-on-Discovery Center.
The Los Angeles County Natural History Museum is located in Exposition Park next to the California Science Center and the California African American Museum. Exposition Park is across the street from the University of Southern California.
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763- 3466
Hours: Daily 9:30 am - 5 pm
Closed: New Year's Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Parking: Pay parking lot
Metro: The Metro Expo line is scheduled to open in November 2011 and will have two stops near Exposition Park. Several bus lines currently connect from the Metro Red or Blue lines.
Time Needed: Minimum 2 hours for a walk through, up to a full day if you read the text panels and interactive displays, play around in the Discovery Center and attend any shows or special activities. I spent about three hours with my sister and her kids and we could easily have used a couple more hours.
Note: The museum has been undergoing a transformation and expansion since 2005 that is scheduled to be completed in 2013, so expect some construction in the area.
Continue to the following pages for more on the history, collections and amenities of the Natural History Museum and a photo preview.
Guide to Attractions at Exposition Park