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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Skeleton of Columbian mammoth

Skeleton of Columbian mammoth, Mammuthus columbi, in the George C. Page Museum.

Photo credit: By WolfmanSF (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

The George C. Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries, part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, was built next to the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park on Wilshire Boulevard. Natural asphalt has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. Over many centuries, the tar preserved the bones of animals that were trapped. Among the prehistoric species associated with the La Brea Tar Pits are Pleistocene mammoths, dire wolves, short-faced bears, ground sloths, and the state fossil of California, the saber-toothed cat. The museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. Movies filmed at the La Brea Tar Pits include Volcano, My Girl 2, Miracle Mile, and Seven Psychopaths.

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