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Nature Museums in Los Angeles

Information about natural history museums and other nature museums in Los Angeles and the greater Los Angeles area.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Natural history museum inside a building on the United States National Register of Historic Places. Has three floors of permanent exhibits and among its most popular are reproduced animal habitats, the Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center and Insect Zoo, and a nature lab exploring the urban wildlife of Southern Califor4nia. The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural Histsory is one of the largest natural history museums in the Western United States. First opened in 1913 as the Museum of History, Science, and Art. Located across the street from the Univesity of Southern California, within Exposition Park, at 900 Exposition Boulevard in Los Angeles.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Natural history museum built around a group of natural asphalt tar pits in which the bones of prehistoric animals trapped in the pits were preserved. The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits including a glass walled fossil lab where visitors can observe fossils being cleaned, studied,and prepared for exhibit. Among the preserved bones on display are mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bears, ground sloths, saber-toothed cat (Smilodon fatalis), the latter of which is the state fossil of California. The La Brea Tar Pits Museum was formerly known as the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pit. Located in the Hancock park neighborhood of Los Angeles at 5801 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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