My sister let me in on a little secret, the first Tuesday of every month is free admission to the LA Natural History Museum. Armed with that tip I requested March 1st off work, we pulled the kids from school, and we took a family trip to the museum. We generally wouldn't pull the kids from school, but we felt the educational benefit outweighed the missed day. For the record, the last time I set foot in this museum I was about 8 years old.
Parking is $8. You "might" be able to find parking nearby but given the area I'd highly recommend the $8. The drive for us was under an hour. FYI The "Dinosaur Hall" will not be open until July so if you would like to do the 1st Tuesday free aim for August at the earliest.
Ok so aside from the temporary ramp the outside hasn't changed. They're in the process of building a ramp to match the amazing staircase.
I laugh because somewhere there is a dusty old photo album with me standing in roughly the same spot, approximately the same age, with the same trusty fossils behind me!
This is the oarfish. It isn't the one that recently washed up in Malibu. This one was from Catalina, caught in 2006 I believe.
As impressed as he was to see a "monster from the deep" the decayed state scared him.
Mineral Hall, first real "stop" on our little tour. Tink and I didn't really know what to expect in here.
right outside the hall is a collection of larger crystals. The kids went nuts just seeing these
This is a solid piece of jade. I never realized it naturally formed in such large quantities.
Along either wall of the hall runs a glass display case filled with countless specimens of every mineral and crystal imaginable.
In the center of the room are display cases full of even more of the earth's unique, rare, and bizarre natural wonders
This little specimen for example has hundreds of tiny crystal shafts that extremely fragile.