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George C. Page Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.

There is only one world famous La Brea Tar Pits. The paleontology excavations in Hancock Park are the only excavations of their type in a metropolitan area anywhere in the world.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Front of Building
Front of Building. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
Front of Building
Front of Building. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
The front of the museum on a rainy day in February 2005.

Sculpture near entry to museum.

Front of museum.

Looking out and up the ramp.

Freeze at top of museum.

Northwest corner.

Harlan's Giant Ground Sloth. Photo Date: 1-8-05.
First Gallery
First Gallery. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
Mastodon, Mamoth, Camel
Mastodon, Mammoth, Camel. Photo Date: 10-16-04.

Columbian Mammoth. 10-15-05.

Columbian Mammoth. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

Western Camel. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

American Mastodon. Western Camel beyond. Photo Date: 1-8-05.
Dire Wolf Skull Wall
Dire Wolf Skull Wall. No other museum has a display like this. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
Photo Date: 10-16-04.
Photo Date: 1-8-05.
The Lab, also known as "the Fish Bowl". This is where the staff and volunteers make discoveries.


Working on bones of Zed, the Mammoth.


Saber Tooth Cat and American Lion
Saber Tooth Cat and American Lion. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
California Saber Tooth Cat and American Lion
California Saber Tooth Cat and American Lion. Photo Date: 1-8-05.
California Saber-tooth, Smilodon californicus, first discoverd in a cave in Brazil in the 19th century, they ranged throughout the western hemisphere.
Giant Jaguar(formerly American Lion), Felis atrox, was probably the top preditor of it's time, larger that the Indian Tiger, African Lion, or the Califirnia Saber-tooth.

Western Horse. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

Short-Faced Bear. Photo Date: 1-8-05.
Extinct Western Horse, Equus occidentalis. The horse family romed North America for 50 million years. The first horse was two feet tall. They increased in size and diversity, eventually migrating to Asia, Europe, and Africa, dying out in the Americas.
Short-Faced Bear, Arctodus simus, larger than any other North American bears, a foot taller than the grizzly and about twice the weight. This bear had a massive skull, short snout, and long legs. It probably ate more meat than do modern bears.

Photo Date: 10-16-04.

Photo Date: 1-8-05.
This tree truck is the largest fossil found in the pits. This Diorama was recently added to show how many animal species found in the pits are still here today.

The mechanical Wooly Mammoth may soon give way to the skeleton of Zed, a real Mammoth. Hurry to say good-bye.

Atrium Atrium
The Atrium is just a restful spot. Photo Date: 10-16-04.
The Atrium is a restful spot with plants like those that might have been in the area 40,000 years ago. Photo Date: 1-8-05.



Looking down on the atreum from the roof top observation level.

Fish and turtles in the pond in the atreum. The turtles, which are not native, have since been removed.
Feeding time for the Red-Eared Sliders in the Atreum. 2009.

The Atreum is not really related to fossils, but is a quiet escape within the museum.

Observation Pit

This building covers the Observation Pit. Prior to the construction of the George C. Page Museum, this was the La Brea Tar Pits museum. Photo Date: 12-18-04.

Observation Pit. Photo date: 2-14-08.

Observation Pit is within this round building.

Observation Pit in August 2006.

Reflection of skylight in the Observation Pit.

Interior of Observation Pit.

Bubbling asphalt.

Recreation of a fossil deposit.

Recreation of a fossil deposit.

Plaque to Chester Stock, Ph.D., a Paleontologist who contributed greatly to the early science of the Natural History Museum of Los Angles County.

Recreation of a fossil deposit.

Lake Pit

Large sculptures of a Mammoth in the Lake Pit. Photo Date: 12-18-04.

Methane bubbles to the surface of the Lake Pit. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.

Mammoth sculpture in the Lake Pit. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

Mammoth sculpture in Late Pit. Photo Date: 1-8-05.

Lake Pit and Mammoth sculpture. March 2008.

Lake Pit.

Rain drops on the Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.

Lake Pit

Lake Pit
Lake Pit.

Lake Pit.


Pit 91 Excavations

Fence around Pit 91.

Pit 91

Pit 91.

Pit 91

Pit 91, only active dig.

Pit 91, only active dig.

It's sticky at the bottom of Pit 91.

Pit 91.

The bottom of Pit 91.

Pit 91.

Project 23

Project 23 was named for the 23 cases of asphalt encased fossils found when LACMA built a new underground parking structure adjacent to the park.
Another angle on Project 23.
Another angle on Project 23.

Parts of Zed, a large Mammoth found when excavating for the new LACMA parking structure.

This is one of the earlier cases, about 2/3 explored. March 2010.

Project 23 on June 19, 2011.

Pits in the Park

Photo Date: 12-18-04.

January 2008.
The asphalt (not really tar) comes up where it wants to naturally.

Asphalt seep through sidewalk.

Small spot of Asphalt seeping out to a paved area.

Fence around a new asphalt seep.

Asphalt seep in 2011.
Methane slowly bubbles from Pits #3, 4, 61, 67.

Concrete Bear sculpture in the park.

Concrete Sloth sculpture in the park.

Pleistocene Garden

California native wild flowers and a sculpture of the short face bear.

While not part of the staff, Charlie Cox can often be found out front singing silly songs about tar pits and other subjects.
Charlie Cox

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