Things You Don’t Know About the Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles County


The Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles  County is the biggest Natural History Museum in the Western part of the United States. They have some of the biggest collections of artifacts and specimens from all around the world. They have some of the most beautiful exhibits that take you back to the history of Los Angeles and the USA. The visit to the birds’ section of the museum is a treat to the visitors since they have the specimens of the largest collection of birds, some of which are even extinct.

Here are a few facts that you should know before visiting the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

The History

The Natural History Museum was initially built on an agricultural land and operated there from 1872 to 1910. Later the museum building was reconstructed, and new construction was done on it.

The original museum was designed by Frank Hudson who was a local architect. The architecture was a mix of Spanish Renaissance and Romanesque style.

The museum has been renovated lots of times over the years, and currently, there has been a proposal to renovate the museum again.

The Architecture

There are three floors of permanent exhibits in the museum including the dinosaurs, animal habitats, insect zoo and much more. The Pleistocene Paleontology department is the most visited of all these.

The hall of the museum is the most distinctive part of the building. The marble flooring and the beautiful architecture that has been done on the walls are as magnificent as the artifacts in the museum. The hall has also been used to film a lot of movies.

Some special exhibits are hosted now and then. The recent exhibit that you can visit is the mummies.

There is also a theater and conference hall where most of the lectures take place in the museum.

The Specimens

The blue whale skull found in the museum is the largest real object and is 18 feet in size and weighs 2,500 pounds.

The specimens of meteorites in the Gem and Mineral Hall of the museum are the oldest specimens. They date back 4.5 billion years.

The museum has the only mount of the baby sperm whale in the whole world. It can be found in the Age of Mammals section.

The Crustacean Department specimens of the crabs have been taken from the puddles in the Mojave Desert. The crabs lay eggs, and they dry out. When the rain comes, and the condition is favorable, these eggs hatch out, and the crabs develop and reproduce to lay some more eggs within hours or days and die.  This species is especially found in the California desert. The eggs can stay dry for over 100 years if not externally damaged.

The museum has over 35 million specimens some of which are permanently displayed, and some are temporary. All the specimens cannot be displayed together at once.

The Museum is also a research center for the scientists that are working extensively on the fossils and artifacts that are displayed in the museum itself.

The Timings


The timings of the museum are from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm all days of the week. The museum shuts down after 5 pm and is open to all the private events.


There is a free day when the entry to the museum is free. The free day is on the first Tuesday of every month where all the exhibits are free for all the people. However, the tickets get sold out fast. So it is better to book the tickets beforehand.

Other Things To Know

The Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles also lets the members book the venues for special events like marriages, birthday parties, and corporate events. They provide their caterers and decorators. Various areas in the museum can be booked for the events in the evening.

The 14,000 square foot dinosaur exhibit is the largest dinosaur display in the whole world.

The Los Angeles Natural History Museum is not just one museum but a combination of three museums including Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, William S.Hart Ranch, and Museum and the Page Museum. All these museums are handled together by the authorities.

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