Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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One of the largest natural history museums in the western US; collection of 35 million specimens some as old as 4.5 billion years

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  • Individual Plus Membership
  • Dual Plus Membership
  • Family Plus Membership

Membership plus includes:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Natural History Museum, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum
  • One transferable member card for any unnamed guest
  • Invitations to Member Preview Days and members-only events
  • Free season tickets to First Fridays, a lecture and music series
  • Unlimited free admission to all blockbuster exhibitions, like Extreme Mammals (opens May 14, 2017)
  • Free tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion, Spider Pavilion, Bug Fair, and Dino Fest
  • Discounts at the museum stores and on Magic Memories photos
  • Discounts on classes, lectures, field trips, birthday parties, summer camp, and overnight adventures
  • Members Lounge access with complimentary beverages
  • Free online subscription to The Naturalist, NHM’s magazine and E-Newsletter

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Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation

Three institutions make up the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation: the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Museum.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County boasts an extensive historical collection with over 35 million items, some of which date back as far as 4.5 billion years. The museum hosts a variety of immersive exhibitions, including one of the world’s most extensive dinosaur exhibit, the Dinosaur Hall, where you can get up close to a triceratops and observe the development of a T. Rex.

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum are a playground of time. From their sticky, still-bubbling depths rises the past, which scientists display for the present and preserve for the future. The pits represent the only active urban paleontological excavation site in the US. Over the last century, scholars have excavated more than one million bones, building a catalog of roughly 650 species that stretches back more than 40,000 years. These animals paint a picture of what Los Angeles and the rest of the US looked like then: saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, and mastodons surviving off each other and a dense thicket of vegetation.

William S. Hart Museum is the former residence of silent film star and director, William S. Hart. Located about an hour outside of Los Angeles, visitors can enjoy the Western art, Native American artifacts, and early Hollywood memorabilia that decorate the former 22-room mansion, now museum. The surrounding park, which hosts silent movie screenings and other events, also includes a picnic area where visitors can gaze upon the ranch’s herd of bison.

Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation

The Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Foundation constantly strives to better understand how human beings are connected—to each other, certainly, but also to their communities, other species, and the earth itself. The foundation accomplishes that with global research, dizzying collections, and engaging exhibits, and it shares all of its findings through its family of museums:

  • Natural History Museum: As home to one of the world's most important collections of natural and cultural history, this museum houses more than 35 million objects—some as old as 4.5 billion years. Its immersive exhibitions offer guests the chance to explore the "big picture" and learn about how the world's specimens are connected.

  • The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: Located in the heart of metropolitan L.A., it's the only active urban paleontological excavation site in the U.S. It showcases Ice Age fossils of animals that are thousands of years old, including saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and mastodons.

  • William S. Hart Museum: In 1921, silent film star William S. Hart built a 22-room mansion in Newhall and filled it with Western art, Native American artifacts, and early Hollywood memorabilia. Today, the house hosts tours and silent movie screenings, and it's also home to various animals—including a herd of bison that was given as a gift by Walt Disney Studios in 1962.

Customer Reviews

We had a great time. Not only an educational place for the kids, for adults as well. I wish they could stay open a little later though.
Khrissyl O. · April 26, 2017
Great place for small kids. Like the revolving exhibits and weekend events. Keeps it interesting for kids and adults.
Tara K. · April 21, 2017
I really liked the tours offered especially the one about the highlights of the museum.
Esteban G. · April 14, 2017

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