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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
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This 1913-built beaux-arts museum has the same quaint feel of many natural history museums, with enclosed dioramas of animals in their natural habitats. But it mixes it up with interactive displays such as a seasonal Butterfly Pavilion in a separate small building in front of the museum; The Discovery Center, where kids can touch real animal pelts; the Insect Zoo; and the Dino Lab, where you can watch actual paleontologists work on dinosaur fossils. In addition, there are exhibits typifying various cultural groups, including pre-Columbian artifacts and a display of crafts from the South Pacific, as well as marine-life exhibits. Dinosaur Hall features more than 300 fossils, 20 full-body specimens, manual and digital interactivity, and large-format video, as well as a T. rex series that includes adult, juvenile, and baby specimens. And at the time of this writing, a new gardens complex was set to debut.
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