Western Science Center

Western Science Center Riverside County's premiere Natural History museum, Western Science Center, is home to both permanent and special exhibits along with educational programming promoting scientific knowledge.

With an extensive collection of Ice Age fossils, as well as archaeological artifacts, the Western Science Center is the perfect place to discover the past and explore the future! Follow us on Twitter at:
https://twitter.com/WesternCenter

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Happy #FossilFriday! Dinosaurs aren’t all we find when our scientists go to dig out in the Menefee Formation in New Mexi...
10/22/2021

Happy #FossilFriday! Dinosaurs aren’t all we find when our scientists go to dig out in the Menefee Formation in New Mexico - we also find fossilized plants, including palm trees, conifers, and ferns. 🌴🌲🌿

These fossils are currently on view in our new permanent exhibit Prehistoric Pathways.

Happy #FossilFriday! Dinosaurs aren’t all we find when our scientists go to dig out in the Menefee Formation in New Mexico - we also find fossilized plants, including palm trees, conifers, and ferns. 🌴🌲🌿

These fossils are currently on view in our new permanent exhibit Prehistoric Pathways.

We’ve brought Max’s Mobile Museum to the Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival at Marna O' Brien Park in support of our f...
10/16/2021

We’ve brought Max’s Mobile Museum to the Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival at Marna O' Brien Park in support of our friends at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. See 3D prints representing fossils from across the Inland Empire!

We’ve brought Max’s Mobile Museum to the Rooted in Nature Craft Brew Festival at Marna O' Brien Park in support of our friends at the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. See 3D prints representing fossils from across the Inland Empire!

It’s #FatBearTuesday! Have you voted for your favorite bear yet? Go to explore.org/fat-bear-week to cast your vote! We l...
10/05/2021

It’s #FatBearTuesday! Have you voted for your favorite bear yet? Go to explore.org/fat-bear-week to cast your vote! We love bears here at the Western Science Center - fossil remains of black bears were found during the Diamond Valley Lake excavation! 🐻 This is a replica of a modern black bear skull from our education collection.

It’s #FatBearTuesday! Have you voted for your favorite bear yet? Go to explore.org/fat-bear-week to cast your vote! We love bears here at the Western Science Center - fossil remains of black bears were found during the Diamond Valley Lake excavation! 🐻 This is a replica of a modern black bear skull from our education collection.

Join us now at Science Saturday: The Science of Paleontology and celebrate National Fossil Day with us! Bring your littl...
10/02/2021

Join us now at Science Saturday: The Science of Paleontology and celebrate National Fossil Day with us! Bring your little scientist for free outdoor activities until 1:00PM - additional fee to enter the museum. 🦕🦖

The Western Science Center is now open for in-person field trip bookings again! Introduce your students to the wonders o...
09/30/2021

The Western Science Center is now open for in-person field trip bookings again! Introduce your students to the wonders of science and natural history here in the heart of the Inland Empire. There is plenty for them to explore, including our new permanent dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Pathways!

Masks are required to be worn at all times by all visitors ages 3 and up. Masks must be worn properly over nose and mouth at all times.

Request a field trip today: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/field-trips

The Western Science Center is now open for in-person field trip bookings again! Introduce your students to the wonders of science and natural history here in the heart of the Inland Empire. There is plenty for them to explore, including our new permanent dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Pathways!

Masks are required to be worn at all times by all visitors ages 3 and up. Masks must be worn properly over nose and mouth at all times.

Request a field trip today: https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/field-trips

How do whale, snail, and rodent fossils from Southern California all connect to each other? Tune in to FFC this week as ...
09/15/2021
"Whales, Snails, & Rodents!" w/ Jared Heuck, MSc. | Fossil Friday Chats

How do whale, snail, and rodent fossils from Southern California all connect to each other? Tune in to FFC this week as Alf Museum preparator, Jared Heuck, helps us connect the dots!

Tune in 9/17 at 10am PT on YouTube and Twitch: https://youtu.be/euzAVQ2qmKI

From the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology & Western Science Center Funding provided by The Paleontological Society.

https://fb.me/e/KrpmCQVT

What do fossil snails, whales, and rodents all have in common? Toothed baleen whales went extinct 23 million years ago; was the coast of Southern California ...

Thank you to all 500+ attendees of Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music for supporting the Western Science Cent...
09/14/2021

Thank you to all 500+ attendees of Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music for supporting the Western Science Center and science in the Inland Empire! We had an amazing starlit concert by Kodi Lee - we hope you all had a wonderful time.

While the event and the Silent Auction might be over, you can still donate to the museum and contribute to this year's Special Ask, which will provide us with a new food services space to serve both our visitors and Western Center Academy students: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/donation

Thank you to our 2021 Science Under the Stars sponsors, and our community for their continued support!

WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald will be joining our friends Gray Fossil Site tomorrow for PaleoTalks, 9AM PT/12PM ET, to...
09/09/2021

WSC Curator Dr. Andrew McDonald will be joining our friends
Gray Fossil Site tomorrow for PaleoTalks, 9AM PT/12PM ET, to talk about research here at the Western Science Center - don't miss it!

Join us this week for Paleo Talks!

Streaming live on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/grayfossilsite

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit...
09/08/2021

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations. You can bid and support the museum even if you don't have an SUS ticket. 🎉

You could bid on and win three tickets to the LA Chargers home game - your VIP section seats are between the 30 and 40 yard line!

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations. You can bid and support the museum even if you don't have an SUS ticket. 🎉

You could bid on and win three tickets to the LA Chargers home game - your VIP section seats are between the 30 and 40 yard line!

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit...
09/07/2021

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations. You can bid and support the museum even if you don't have an SUS ticket. 🎉

You could bid on and win a 2 night stay at an Oceanside beach condo in North County Village! It sleeps 4-8 people, and the top floor features a roof patio and a partial view of the beach and marina.

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and our Silent Auction is STILL LIVE! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations. You can bid and support the museum even if you don't have an SUS ticket. 🎉

You could bid on and win a 2 night stay at an Oceanside beach condo in North County Village! It sleeps 4-8 people, and the top floor features a roof patio and a partial view of the beach and marina.

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Can't make it to Hemet for the Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music concert by local musician and American's Go...
09/01/2021

Can't make it to Hemet for the Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music concert by local musician and American's Got Talent Winner Kodi Lee? Purchase a Livestream Pass and support the Western Science Center from afar!

Get your livestream tickets here: https://t.co/u1Q0z7dJh2?amp=1

Can't make it to Hemet for the Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music concert by local musician and American's Got Talent Winner Kodi Lee? Purchase a Livestream Pass and support the Western Science Center from afar!

Get your livestream tickets here: https://t.co/u1Q0z7dJh2?amp=1

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and this year’s fundraiser will be in a lovely picnic sett...
08/27/2021

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and this year’s fundraiser will be in a lovely picnic setting, with a live concert by America’s Got Talent Winner Kodi Lee - this will be his last concert in Southern California before his upcoming residency at the Luxor in Las Vegas!

Science Under the Stars supports science exhibits, research, and educational programming at the Western Science Center, Get your tickets today: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music is almost here, and this year’s fundraiser will be in a lovely picnic setting, with a live concert by America’s Got Talent Winner Kodi Lee - this will be his last concert in Southern California before his upcoming residency at the Luxor in Las Vegas!

Science Under the Stars supports science exhibits, research, and educational programming at the Western Science Center, Get your tickets today: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Reminder: our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th! All proce...
08/24/2021

Reminder: our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations.

Win the opportunity to sail out of lovely Oceanside, California on a Hunter 46, and then enjoy lunch when you return to shore. A perfect seaside adventure!

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Reminder: our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th! All proceeds benefit museum programs, research, and operations.

Win the opportunity to sail out of lovely Oceanside, California on a Hunter 46, and then enjoy lunch when you return to shore. A perfect seaside adventure!

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

It’s a pretty special #TyrannosaurTuesday around these parts, thanks to the grand opening of “Prehistoric Pathways”, our...
08/24/2021

It’s a pretty special #TyrannosaurTuesday around these parts, thanks to the grand opening of “Prehistoric Pathways”, our new permanent exhibit featuring #Dynamoterror! 🦖

We have reopened to the public! Plan your visit at https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/hours-and-admission.

Sculpture by Brian Engh.

It’s a pretty special #TyrannosaurTuesday around these parts, thanks to the grand opening of “Prehistoric Pathways”, our new permanent exhibit featuring #Dynamoterror! 🦖

We have reopened to the public! Plan your visit at https://www.westernsciencecenter.org/hours-and-admission.

Sculpture by Brian Engh.

After 18 months of closure, the Western Science Center is finally OPEN to the public! Come visit and see our new exhibit...
08/21/2021

After 18 months of closure, the Western Science Center is finally OPEN to the public!

Come visit and see our new exhibits, including the new permanent exhibit Prehistoric Pathways! The Inland Empire Science Festival is also being held today, featuring scientific organizations from across Southern California.

The Western Science Center is now open Tuesday - Sunday, 10AM to 5PM, with the last ticket selling at 4PM. Masks are required for ages 3 and over. More info can be found at WesternScienceCenter.org.

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th!Win a virtual field ...
08/18/2021

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th!

Win a virtual field trip to the Western Science Center for your child's classroom! Designed by Western Science Center educators, this experience includes behind the scenes videos of exhibits and back rooms, a live internet video session with Museum staff, and scientific vocabulary for students. Teachers control the pace of this digital learning experience!

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

From trilobites to insects, we're talking all about arthropods this week on #FossilFriday Chats with Dr. Talia Karim! Ar...
08/18/2021
"All About Arthropods" w/ Dr. Talia Karim | Fossil Friday Chats

From trilobites to insects, we're talking all about arthropods this week on #FossilFriday Chats with Dr. Talia Karim!

Arthropods have an extensive fossil record and are well represented in museum collections around the world. This episode will span the geologic timescale and look at Dr. Karim's research on Ordovician trilobites and curation and digitization of the (mostly) Eocene fossil insect collection at the CU Museum of Natural History.

Tune in Friday (8/20) at 10am PT on YouTube or Twitch! https://youtu.be/3zhIo5zKMhU

Brought to you by the Alf Museum & Western Science Center. Funding provided by the Paleontological Society.

Arthropods have an extensive fossil record and are well represented in museum collections around the world. This talk will span the geologic timescale with a...

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th!Want to bring the sc...
08/17/2021

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now live through September 14th!

Want to bring the science to you? Bid on the Max's Mobile Museum Experience! Bring the Western Science Center's mobile exhibit trailer to your child's school or local community event, up to 50 miles from the Western Science Center.

Bid now: https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

The Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now LIVE!Choose from dozens of gifts, experiences, a...
08/14/2021

The Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction is now LIVE!

Choose from dozens of gifts, experiences, and more. All proceeds support museum exhibits, programs, research, and operations. Happy bidding!

https://one.bidpal.net/wscmuseum/browse/all

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live TOMORROW on August 14th, and you'll be able t...
08/13/2021

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live TOMORROW on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

Enjoy a weeklong stay at a 2 bedroom/2 bath condominium in the Westgate Resort at Canyons Village of the Park City Mountain Resort in Park City! Explore miles of ski/hiking/mountain biking trails and use valet ski services to Canyons lifts, just a 2 minute walk from your room.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live TOMORROW on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

Enjoy a weeklong stay at a 2 bedroom/2 bath condominium in the Westgate Resort at Canyons Village of the Park City Mountain Resort in Park City! Explore miles of ski/hiking/mountain biking trails and use valet ski services to Canyons lifts, just a 2 minute walk from your room.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live this weekend on August 14th, and you'll be ab...
08/12/2021

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live this weekend on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

Feeling hungry? Enjoy a night out at Lemongrass Asian Cuisine in Hemet! Up to eight people can feast on an authentic Asian fusion dinner thanks to this silent auction item.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live this weekend on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

Feeling hungry? Enjoy a night out at Lemongrass Asian Cuisine in Hemet! Up to eight people can feast on an authentic Asian fusion dinner thanks to this silent auction item.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

The Western Science Center is almost ready to reopen to the public! Take a special behind the scenes look at their new e...
08/11/2021
Alf Museum of Paleontology - YouTube

The Western Science Center is almost ready to reopen to the public! Take a special behind the scenes look at their new exhibits with FFC host Brittney Elizabeth Stoneburg before the grand reopening on August 21st.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch this all upcoming episodes of Fossil Friday Chats: https://www.youtube.com/alfmuseumpaleo

Fossil Friday Chats is brought to you by the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and Western Science Center. Funding provided by The Paleontological Society.

Videos and news from the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools.The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology is the only nationally accredite...

Welcome back, Mammoths! Happy first day of school to all Western Center Academy staff and students.
08/10/2021

Welcome back, Mammoths! Happy first day of school to all Western Center Academy staff and students.

Welcome back, Mammoths! Happy first day of school to all Western Center Academy staff and students.

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid onl...
08/09/2021

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

For example, you could enjoy a one weeknight stay at Europa Village Wineries & Resort with wine tasting and breakfast for two! Surround yourself with Spanish inspired luxury in the heart of Temecula's Wine Country, all while supporting museum operations and programs.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

Our Science Under the Stars: The Science of Music Silent Auction goes live on August 14th, and you'll be able to bid online for dozens of unique items and experiences!

For example, you could enjoy a one weeknight stay at Europa Village Wineries & Resort with wine tasting and breakfast for two! Surround yourself with Spanish inspired luxury in the heart of Temecula's Wine Country, all while supporting museum operations and programs.

Get your SUS tickets online and check out the rest of the Silent Auction offerings here: http://bidpal.net/wscmuseum

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Riverside County's premiere Natural History museum, Western Science Center, is home to both permanent and special exhibits along with educational programming promoting scientific knowledge. With an extensive collection of Ice Age fossils, as well as archaeological artifacts, the Western Science Center is the perfect place to discover the past and explore the future! Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/WesternCenter Visit Dr. Alton Dooley's Director's Blog at: http://valleyofthemastodon.wordpress.com/

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I support Western Science Center and promote it to my customers who have just moved into the Diamond Valley area. 🙋 An awesome experience for the families
Turn on PBS now. Wed at 7 pm
Kindred Hospital of Riverside would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Western Center for their generous donation of mask clips! They are greatly appreciated!
I'm always so impressed by your creative ways of engaging the community in science. Your online virtual engagements are no exception. Keep up the great work!
Look who's in this new NBC doc. Great job Dr. Dooley!
I really enjoyed coming to your facility today with the students from Box Springs Elementary School, 2nd grade field trip. Amazing facility. The children enjoyed it so much. Thanks.
The Western Science Center is listed on the ASTC reciprocal list found here: https://oc.discoverycube.org/member-benefits/ However, when I traveled here with my kids the past weekend, the receptionist turned down our membership stating that you are actually not reciprocal members! Can you please clear this up that you do not participate in the future so as to not waste people's time?! Thanks!
Needing out about mastodons with these paleontologists
Come and join us.... TEMECULA CANYON: THE FAILED ROUTE OF THE CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN RAILROAD The failed 1880’s effort to establish a permanent inland railroad route from San Bernardino to National City will be the Hemet Heritage Foundation/Museum kick-off program for 2017/18. Researcher and historian Bob Kent will be telling us all about this early California debacle this coming Monday, September 11, 7:00 pm., in the DVMS Library (Rm. 117), 291 W. Chambers St. Please join us and… bring a friend!
Look out!!!!'