Opened in 1913, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States. The Museum is actually an association of three Los Angeles area museums; The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California.
Its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history. This large collection is comprised not only of specimens for exhibition, but also of vast research collections housed on and off site.
The museum has three floors of permanent exhibits. They are African Mammals exhibition, North American Mammals exhibition and Dinosaur Hall.
Among the most popular museum displays are those devoted to animal habitats, dinosaurs, pre-Columbian cultures, the Ralph M. Parsons Discovery Center and Insect Zoo, and the new Nature Lab, which explores urban wildlife in Southern California.
The all-new, 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall is twice the size of the Museum’s old dinosaur galleries. It will rival the world’s leading dinosaur halls for the number of individual fossils displayed, the size and spectacular character of the major mounts, including the world’s only Tyrannosaurus Rex growth series, and the way that paleontology comes alive! The Dinosaur Hall also displays the roaring and roaming life-size dinosaur statues of T-Rex and Triceratops. In these spacious, light-filled galleries, visitors will encounter science not as static information but as a vibrant, ongoing investigation into mysteries — some resolved and some still being explored.
The Dinosaur Hall doesn’t just have fossils. The exhibition is also packed with multi-media stations where visitor can “excavate” specimens and watch never-before-seen footage of a real dinosaur hunting expedition.