Located at 900 Exposition Boulevard in Los Angeles, NHM typically costs $12 per adult. There is parking on-site for $10-$12, depending on which lot you use. However, we (along with one of our friends) drove to the nearest train stop in Culver City (the train line is being extended to Santa Monica and should be finished in a few months), where there is free parking, and took the train straight there for only a few dollars & approximately zero stress.
We arrived about fifteen minutes before the museum opened, so I took some time to explore the grounds outside the back entrance.
There are further, more extensive grounds, that I didn't end up exploring. I also neglected to take a picture of the front of the building, which is unfortunate, because it's quite lovely. In fact, it's one of my favorite buildings in LA. I intend to go back and take a picture some day.
Once we got inside, we made a trip to the NHM Grill for some food and coffee (prices were reasonable) and then visited the Nature Lab (I took no pics there). Afterward, we made our way to the Dinosaur Hall, where I took some pictures of some bones.
Out in the Rotunda, I snapped a pic of this beautiful statue and the ceiling:
Then we moved on to the Age of Mammals, where there were more bones:
|These are bear skulls.|
|A model of old LA.|
|Scarlett O'Hara's dress from "Gone with|
All total, we spent about 4 hours there. There was still much we didn't get to see, but it was time for us to go. We had an excellent time, though, so much so that we've been considering a membership. On your next trip to LA, I highly recommend that you visit!