Founded in 1913, the largest natural history museum in the Western United States was given a spectacular overhaul in the early 2000s.

Strictly speaking the museum has three locations, including the La Brea Tar Pits, but we’re talking here about the anchor at Exposition Park, a Renaissance Revival building with fine terracotta moulding and a colonnaded rotunda.

The crowd-pleasers are Becoming Los Angles, showing you how a small pueblo became an endless metropolis, and a Dinosaur Hall that reopened at double capacity in 2013, displaying the only T. rex growth fossil series, showing a baby, juvenile and full-grown T. rex.

This adult is one of the ten most complete specimens for this dinosaur in the world.

Kids will also be spellbound by the hands-on Discovery Center, while the Butterfly Pavilion, with species from around the United States, is a seasonal treat from March to September.

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