Wester Center for Archaeology & Paleontology
This is not the kind of museum where a velvet rope stands between you and the exhibits. This is a place where you will wrap your hands and your mind around significant prehistoric finds. You'll enjoy fun, interactive displays, a movie theater that shakes, and exhibits designed to engage and entertain. Take a step back in time, and glimpse what life was like when Southern California was home to mastodons, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats. And introduce yourself to our early Native Americans and settlers.
World-Class Museum Attractions
Designed to stimulate your senses from the moment you walk through the doors, you'll discover all of the following and more
Laboratories and Research
The Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology is the ultimate resource for archaeological and paleontological study. It has three preparation and research laboratories designed to support research and teaching at secondary and post-secondary levels.
It is a resource that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of our environmental and cultural heritage.
There are educational, research, and service opportunities available to the general public as well as students, faculty, and staff from other learning institutions.
This collection of fossils, ornaments, ceramics, tools, and plant evidence is so monumental that it will take years to properly study before these items can yield their centuries-old stories.
While archaeologists and paleontologists look for clues and put the pieces of these puzzles together, the museum's curation facility protects and stores over one million specimens.
It provides a climate-controlled, highly secure setting for further research and public display of these artifacts.
Education and Conference Center
The Education and Conference Center provides media and classroom space for students from elementary school to post-graduate researchers. What better way to bring lectures on archaeology and paleontology to life than in an environment where it is all on display?
This space was designed with large, comfortable classrooms to enhance learning, as well as meeting rooms for large and small groups to gather for special events