Dinosaurs and Duck Tacos- A Day at Natural History Museum Los Angeles

Despite big plans to explore all of the museums at Exposition Park, we discovered that the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is a day unto itself.  We paired this museum with a brief walk around Exposition Park followed by gourmet tacos for dinner. Enjoy!



Los Angeles County Natural History Museum

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This large museum holds world-class dinosaur specimens, animal dioramas that look as if they are about to come to life, hands-on exhibits, and gorgeous gardens. Start your morning exploring the Hall of Mammals followed by a stroll through the minerals and gems. Then continue on to the Becoming LA exhibit where you can catch a glimpse of Scarlett O’Hara’s dress.  On the weekends at 11:30 and noon, they have “Dinosaur Encounters” with a life-like dinosaur puppet that will be a huge hit with kids.



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Lunch break in the Museum Cafe

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The NHM Grill isn’t anything to write home about, but the burger is decent. They also have grab-and-go salads and cold sandwiches. The main point is that you’ll get to take a rest and get the fuel you do more surprisingly tiring museum walking.




Get some fresh air in the Museum Gardens










The lovely gardens have something for everyone. You can find a peaceful seat near the pond to enjoy solitude or you can let the kids splash in the fountain, clamber over downed trees, and hide away in a house made out of reeds. There is also an edible garden. Attractive chalkboard signs tell you about the science behind the beauty. If you walk all the way around the garden, you pass the beautiful original facade of the Los Angeles Art and History Museum, which was expanded to become the Natural History Museum.




Explore upstairs or take a tour




At 1 pm, there is the Gallery Exploration Tour, which covers a new topic each day. Or you can head upstairs and check out the Dino Lab where you can see real paleontologists at work. There is also the hands-on Discovery Center and Bug Zoo, the Bird Hall, and the Visible Vault, which holds Zuni carvings.












Grand Finale – The Hall of Dinosaurs










Finish off with the main attraction, the dinosaurs! So many bones and fossils! Especially interesting items include a pregnant aquatic dinosaur and the T-Rex growth series. The museum staff is friendly and knowledgeable.




Take a walk around Exposition Park

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It’s not often that you get to tread where camels once raced. Exposition Park was a fairground and racetrack for animals from the 1870s until it was transformed into a public garden flanked by museums in 1909. Stop and smell the roses in the rose garden. See the huge planes adorn the entry to the California Science Center. Walk past the understated California African-American Museum and the LA Coliseum, current home to the USC Trojans, which hosted both the 1932 and the 1984 Olympic Games. If your legs aren’t tired yet, you can stroll through USC which has lovely architecture and is located right across the street.












Dinner at Revolutionario

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If you’re feeling adventurous, try some North African Tacos at Revolutionario. The outside isn’t much to look at, but the inside of this small taco joint is simple and welcoming. The walls are covered with dollar bills and odes to tacos written by their loyal customers. Taco choices range from duck hash to falafel. They have creative salsas and sauces to top off the tacos. Prices are low and the service is friendly.


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