Day 16 – Natural History Museum & More

My friend and I were supposed to meet up with some friends at the California Science Center in LA. After driving and parking we walked into what we thought was the Science Center, but apparently we were not paying attention and ended up in the History Museum. It is free on Tuesdays. And since it happened to be a Tuesday so it worked out great. We spent about an hour in the History Museum and then headed over to the California Science Center. After lunch we chased the kids around the Rose Garden.

Natural History Museum is a great place to explore with kids and it is located next to the California Science Center and USC Rose Garden in Exposition ParkNatural History Museum of LA County
My friend and I accidently entered the Natural History Museum. We realized about the time we walked through the main entrance to where the dinosaurs were.  Her sons were pretty big fans of dinosaurs so we couldn’t really turn around and walk out. So we did a quick run through of the museum, which worked great since we had to chase the kids through the museum and they didn’t really want to stop for more than a few seconds at each spot.

The Natural History Museum is the largest in the western United States. The La Brea Tar Pits, that I wrote about on day 9, is actually part of the History Museum even though it is located at a different location. My favorite exhibit was the dinosaur hall. I remember in my elementary years loving learning about dinosaurs so I still had a little excitement left over from that. We also saw a number of other animals on display from different eras of time along with gems and minerals. There is a lot to see and do and since we rushed through it we only saw parts of it, but it was still a lot of fun.

I think it would be a really fun place to go when my boys are older. It would be a perfect place to take elementary age children. There is so much to see and learn about with the permanent exhibits. And then when you add the special exhibits it can’t be beat.


Science Center
And if you go and still have time the Science Center is located right next to the Natural History Museum in Exhibition Park. My son was a little too young for the Science Center. The only thing I really remember that he enjoyed was the ecosystem exhibit. He loves fish. The space shuttle Endeavor is on display, but you have to have reserved tickets and we did not plan ahead for that. We will have to go back another time.


Rose Garden
The last thing we did after lunch was explore the Rose Garden. It has been called one of the city’s best kept secrets and it isn’t hard to see why. There is a beautiful fountain at the center and then thousands of rose bushes surround it. I don’t really know how I can explain how we had so much fun running through the paths between the roses. But it was really a perfect end to a great day. It is beautiful and peaceful. An unexpected find in the crazy city of Los Angeles.

So our trip to the California Science Center turned out to be quite the adventure, but definitely worth the trip. The older the boys get the more museums will rise to the top of our to do list. For now, they are fun places to visit, but probably not the best place to take a two year old.

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