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Home Places to Visit Museums New Dinosaur Hall Opens at Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum

New Dinosaur Hall Opens at Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum

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A new, 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall featuring Thomas the T. rex along with more than 300 fossils, 20 spectacular dinosaur skeletons and multi-media interactives is now open at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Twice the size of the museum's old dinosaur galleries, the new permanent exhibition officially opened July 16, 2011 and rivals the world's leading dinosaur halls for the number of fossils displayed, the size and spectacular character of the major mounts, and the integration of recent scientific discoveries and research into the displays.

lacountyVisitors from all around Southern California attended the festive opening day which began with a ribbon cutting and also featured gallery tours, paleontological "dig sites," and family activities, including free art workshops and craft tables.

Crowds inside Dinosaur Hall were awestruck by the centerpiece of the exhibition, the T. rex growth series containing an extraordinary fossil trio of the youngest known baby, a rare juvenile, and a recently-discovered young adult (Thomas) - one of the 10 most complete T. rex specimens in the world.

The Dinosaur Hall's other standout exhibits include an imposing Triceratops; the armor-backed Stegosaurus; the predator Allosaurus ; a 68-foot, long-necked Mamenchisaurus; and giant marine reptiles that swam in the oceans covering what is today California.

Using the exhibit's interactive touch screens, guests engaged in simulated paleontological role-play as excavator, prospector or illustrator, and learned about dinosaur senses and how they may have sounded based on a CT scan of a dinosaur brain.

The opening marks the mid-way point of NHM's institutional transformation, as well as a thoughtful reconsideration of what science and the story of our planet means to visitors.

The transformation continues with the opening in 2012 of an exhibition about Southern California's natural and cultural history, and in 2013 with more than three acres of urban nature experiences and exhibits serving as a new front yard for the Museum and the Otis Booth Pavilion.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located at 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, near downtown.  It is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum was the first dedicated museum building in Los Angeles, opening its doors in 1913.

It has amassed one of the world's most extensive and valuable collections of natural and cultural history - with more than 35 million objects, some as old as 4.5 billion years.

The Natural History Family of Museums includes the NHM, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (Hancock Park/Mid-Wilshire), and the William S. Hart Park and Museum (Newhall, California).

For more information visit the Web site at
www.nhm.org .

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