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Natural history exhibits chronicle the prehistoric evolution of the area with more than one million fossils and artifacts

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Promotional value expires Apr 18, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 4 per family. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Children's admission is ages 5-12 years; adult's is 13-62. Not valid for resale. Not valid for special exhibits. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Children’s museums keep kids out of regular museums, where they could knock over antiquities or see a bathing lady for the first time. Use your outdoor voice indoors with this Groupon.

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After the Be the Dinosaur exhibit closes on April 29, the Western Science Center will move forward in history with a new temporary exhibit on May 18 called Weapons and War in the Iron Age. The exhibit will display swords, spears, and arrows from the ancient Near East to share Iron Age warfare tactics and rituals. Children under four and active military members can enter the science center free. Groupon purchasers will also receive 10% off any item from the gift shop.<p>

Western Science Center

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.

Customer Reviews

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.
Barbara S. · April 8, 2013
Loved it - very interesting
DeAnn P. · October 22, 2012
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.
Connie P. · October 3, 2012

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