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Address: 2345 Searl Pkwy, Hemet, CA 92543-9706
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Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American...

Western Science Center is home to a fascinating array of Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils that were unearthed at Diamond Valley Lake. You'll be moved by "Max", the largest mastodon found in the Western United States, as well as "Xena", a Columbian mammoth.

Let your imagination run wild as you walk on tempered glass which houses "Little Stevie", a large mastodon installed beneath the museum floor to re-create the actual dig site.

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Fascinating discoveries unearthed

This was a most unlikely area to find mammoth bones but digging around can often lead to unexpected objects. The history behind the find is fascinating, the skeletons are well... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Maxine A
Hemet, California
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Hemet, California
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

This was a most unlikely area to find mammoth bones but digging around can often lead to unexpected objects. The history behind the find is fascinating, the skeletons are well presented and preserved and well worth a visit. It is a morning or afternoon visit of a couple of hours with excellent facilities and a small souvenir shop.

Thank Maxine A
Culver City
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was an excellent adventure during a weekend stay in Hemet. We visited on a Sunday morning and there was plenty of parking. The facility offers student and senior discounts, so that brings the price of admission down. The facility is only 5 years old, so it is very modern and clean. The gentlemen that was in the main museum... More 

Thank JAFO399
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

The museum was alot of fun. I wish they had a little more interactive displays to really engage the attention of the kids and get them interested however it IS a small museum. It's clean and the staff are friendly. It's a perfect way to kill some time.

Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed 16 September 2016

If you are in the area do yourself a favor and stop by. Who knew this area had so many dinosaurs but that just goes to show you that gas and oil is every where. Seriously the people who did this need a round of applause because they captured to historic moment and put it on display. If you have... More 

Thank travelingman&woman
Hemet, California
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

A short drive from Los Angeles, San Diego, or Palm Springs brings you to the Hemet- San Jacinto Valley which is the home to this exquisite gem of a museum. On display is Max the Mastodon which was found on location during the building of Diamond Valley Reservoir. The history of the area is well documented and displayed as are... More 

Thank 007Markus007
Cancun, Mexico
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

By chance I stumbled across this wonderful scientific oasis in the California summer desert. All of the information offered is interesting and fun, the collection of actual bones and replicas is great and very well explained for all to understand and enjoy.

Thank IndraRojo
Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Having visited hundreds of museums across the US, this one is a mix of better and mostly worse (especially value). The few premium displays are modern and very, very well done. However, some simple/cheap things to fix are broken (e.g. some broken $2 brushes) which leave the appearance of curator neglect or recognition that those displays are wasted space. The... More 

Thank Kauai-Biz-Traveler
Hemet, California
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Western Science Center had its origins in the excavation and preparation of building the dams that enclose Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California. In that process of digging they found an abundance of fossils of Mastodons, saber toothed cats and other extraordinary finds. The museum presents all of these in a very entertaining and educational manner that will appeal... More 

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San Jacinto, California, United States
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Head here for a fun visit to a museum that has activities for the kids. Adults can have fun here too. Great local attraction.

Thank Kevin L
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 June 2016

I love this place! There's always something going on and it gets the little ones interested in science! Love the T-rex, too!

Thank EllenSinger54

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