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Please see below for important information through February 28
Please note: Through February 28, the Discovery Center will be closed on weekdays, but Paleo Play Zone will be open on weekends. Thank you for your patience — we are building a great new experience!
Come get your hands dirty! The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Discovery Center has something for every investigator. Pretend to be a paleontologist in the Paleo Play Zone; marvel at the variety of bugs in the Insect Zoo; and take a closer look at dozens of mini dioramas, featuring everything from owls to skunks. You can even get a behind-the-scenes peek of our puppeteers suiting up for their popular Dinosaur Encounters show.
Take a closer look at ants, beetles, scorpions, and more.
Fossil treasures lie buried in the dig pit, waiting to be unearthed.
Millipedes come out to play during Bug Fair.
Putting fossil pieces back together
Geococcyx californianus, otherwise known as the greater roadrunner
Visitors give their dinosaur images the right skin texture.
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Along the way, you'll:
- Use your imagination to color in dinosaur skin.
- Count the legs on a live tarantula.
- Snap the perfect selfie with the L.A. Dodgers’ old polar bear.
This exhibition includes live animals. Did you know the museum has a team of professional animal keepers on site 365 days a year? They take excellent care of all animals on exhibit at the museum, utilizing the natural history expertise of our scientists as well as our veterinarian, who advises on any medical and nutritional needs. Because even a frog needs a doctor sometimes.