The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County & Los Angeles Griffith Observatory
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened in 1913 as the Museum of History, Science, and Art. The museum is the largest in the western United States, and its collections include nearly 35 million specimens and artifacts and cover 4.5 billion years of history. The museum maintains research and collections in many fields including: entomology, anthropology, archaeology, malacology, etc.
The Griffith Observatory is a non-profit educational institution whose purpose is to provide information on astronomy and related sciences to the public. It is not a research institution, although from time to time it carries out modest research projects. The Observatory has been a major Los Angeles landmark since 1935. It sits on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood with the Los Angeles basin spread below.