Western Science Center

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2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet Directions
+19517910033
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Great place for kids to learn about archaeology. Fantastic little theater and educational, short movies. Real mammoth bones for kids to see and great interactive activities like making your own fossil. Small enough that it will only take a couple of hours versus an entire day.
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Loved it - very interesting
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It's a great day out for the kids. Learned about all the fossils and artifacts to be found in this area-I might do some independent study on that!
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I really enjoyed Western Science Center. There was more to it than I expected. The docents were very nice. Love the displays of bones showing how they were found at the site.
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The staff was very informed and friendly. The information they shared was very interesting.
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Your museum workers were very knowledgeable and made my experience very educational and enjoyable! :-) For the audio tour I wish there was a way to know where to stand. I would walk around an exhibit but lose the audio and have to start all over :-(
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We found the museum very informative and everyone that worked there was friendly. We had a great time. We also visited the visitors center which we enjoyed as well :-)
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My son & I enjoy going to the museum. The staff are very helpful & friendly.
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Keep up the great work. The facility is very clean & a great place for the family!
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More than one million fossils and artifacts were unearthed during the construction the Diamond Valley Lake reservoir in Hemet. These time-swept relics make their home in the Western Science Center's museum complex, creating a bridge between ancient eras and the scientific advances of the future. The campus itself is steeped in advanced design tactics, making it the first museum in California to earn a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A rooftop covered with 3,000 solar panels provides more than half of the museum's power needs, and a combination of heat-resistant windows and forced-air circulation keeps the interior cool while spending less energy on air conditioning and ice sculpture maintenance.

A journey through the ages begins from the moment visitors step from the parking lot and under the Life on Earth Timelime, a 156-foot corridor of geologic time rings from Pre-Cambrian to Holocene that leads to the museum lobby. Inside, they explore permanent and temporary exhibits, including "Max," the largest mastodon skeleton found in the Western United States and the Discovery lab highlighting the tool contemporary architects use every day. Crowds can take a seat in the immersion theater with a 270-degree screen to watch a pair of short films about the time when giant creatures roamed California and how the region was excavated and preserved.

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