I had a pretty great surprise today! My aunt and baby cousin were in town to visit the La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum, so I decided to make the drive to go meet them for a couple hours. I needed a study break anyway! When I got there and was about to pay for my ticket, I found out that USC students get into the museum for free! I knew that USC students got in for free at the Natural History Museum, which is just a block off USC campus, but I didn’t know that extended to the Page Museum as well!

I had a great time there today! It was a beautiful day and the museum is in the middle of a park. There were a lot of families there and people with their dogs enjoying the sunshine.

The Page Museum!

My baby cousin loved the museum and really wanted to show me all the exhibits inside. The La Brea Tar Pits brought forth millions of fossils of saber tooth cats, dire wolves, giant sloths, and mammoths. Animals got stuck in the tar pits and so there are tons of complete fossils that they have on display at the museum.

Skeleton of a Mammoth!

This was my favorite fossil! It’s absolutely huge — 12 feet tall! I don’t even know how they managed to hang the skull from the ceiling. I can’t even imagine how strong the mammoth would have to be to hold its head up with those giant tusks.

Moving Replication of a Saber-Tooth Cat Attacking A Giant Sloth

This one was my baby cousin’s favorite, mostly because it moved and made noise! They also had a model of the mammoth at 75% of its actual size that would move its head and make noise when you stood in front of it or talked to it. They also had an entire wall of dire wolf skulls, and it said that they had over a thousand dire wolf skeletons that they found in the tar pits.

It was a really nice day, and I can’t wait to go back! It’s not that far of a drive, and it was great to get a study break and see some family. Hopefully my friends and I can go over there soon!