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A Renovation of Mammoth Proportions: Natural History Museum Unveils Proposed Redesigns For The La Brea Tar Pits

One of three proposed redesigns for the La Brea Tar Pits
One of three proposed redesigns for the La Brea Tar Pits

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The La Brea Tar Pits is getting revamped for the first time since the museum opened 40 years ago.

As reported by the LA Times, the director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County unveiled three potential redesigns of the park yesterday, intended to integrate the landscape with the structure.

Two of the plans are more conservative—preserving the previous architecture and adding new pedestrian pathways or a transparent second story. The last plan is a broader overhaul that would expose layers of earth the site is built on.

Also, it would move the fiberglass mammoth out of the tar pit, and into an indoor exhibit.

The museum plans to choose one of the designs by the end of the year.

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Mike Roe, arts & entertainment editor at, who wrote a piece on the proposals; he tweets @MikeRoe

Emily Lindsey, assistant curator and excavation site director at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum