Western Science Center

The Western Science Center is a museum designed to provide world-class facilities for the research, curation, and presentation of the nearly one million Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils discovered during the development of Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet.

Dusk at Western Science Center

Large collection of Native American Artifacts

The tour of the permanent gallery begins with interactive exhibits on the natural history of Domenigoni and Diamond Valleys, continuing through displays on European and Native American culture and history from the area. Among the artifacts on display are pieces from the original settlers of the valley, and the Soboba band of Luiseño Indians that inhabited the area before them.

Western Science Center highlights Ice Age Fossils

Visitors can view two movies on the construction of Diamond Valley Lake, and the fauna of the Pleistocene in the Diamond and Domenigoni Valleys, shown in a 270 degree immersive theater. The Western Science Center is a museum designed to provide world-class facilities for the research, curation, and presentation of the nearly one million Native American artifacts and Ice Age fossils.Western Science Center Theater From there, visitors proceed to the paleontology gallery, replete with Ice Age fossils. The highlights of this gallery are the skeletons of “Max”, the largest mastodon ever discovered in the western United States, and “Xena”, a Columbian mammoth.Saturday Archaeology at the Western Science Center Also featured in the gallery is “Little Stevie”, one of the most complete mastodons known from the western United States, who is displayed unreconstructed and still partially buried as found when it was first uncovered. The gallery also features the skeletons of a Harlan’s ground sloth, and interactive displays on the disciplines of archaeology and paleontology.

Camp at Western Science Center

Outside is a full-scale simulated archaeology and paleontology dig site, used by the staff, in association with local K-12 schools and colleges, to teach proper excavation methodology to students. It is open for museum visitors to view.

Visitors can take advantage of one of the museum’s special exhibits, changed throughout the year, as well as participate in one of the many programs offered for children and adults.Discovery Lab at Western Science Center

For more information regarding the Western Science Center please visit http://www.westerncentermuseum.org/.

For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211
Email: info@visitsanjacintovalley.com