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Visit Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (abbreviated NHM) 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. The three museums work together to achieve their common mission: "to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds."

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:

  • protects over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years.
  • is a resource for Southern California teachers.
  • is an authority on the "big picture" of the planet, the natural and the cultural world.
  • tracks the Earth's biodiversity, because knowing what is out there is the first step to conservation.

The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

  • is the only consistently active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world.
  • houses one of the world's largest and most diverse collections of Late Pleistocene fossils.
  • now hosts Project 23, an excavation project that can inform new research on global warming, geological change, and biodiversity.

William S. Hart Museum

  • in Newhall is less than an hour's drive from most areas of Los Angeles.
  • is the former 22-room home and ranch of William S. Hart, silent film cowboy star and director.
  • sits in park area that includes a small herd of bison, a gift from the Walt Disney Studios in 1962.