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School class on south walk waiting to enter the museum.Circa 1935
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Museum Archives Image Gallery


Mary Butler Image Gallery

Illustrations by Mary Butler

Library Contact Information

Open by Appointment Only:
   Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm

Phone: 213.763.3268
    Fax: 213.763.3592
E-mail: librarian@nhm.org


Museum Archives

About the Museum Archives

The collections housed in the Museum Archives preserve the history of the Natural History Museum. The Museum Archives has an extensive photographic collection of the Museum building, the Exposition Park surroundings, current and former staff, and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as extensive document collections.

Digitized Video Collection Highlights

La Brea Tar Pits: Reopening of Pit 91, 1969
After the designation of Hancock Park in 1924, excavation at the La Brea Tar Pits slowed. The site was reopened for intense sampling in 1969. This video includes footage of the opening ceremony for the occasion.

History of the La Brea Tar Pits
The history of the La Brea Tar Pits spans thousands of years. This video gives a brief overview of the history of the area and how the Tar Pits came to be.

Natural History Museum Digitized Video Collection

The Natural History Museum family of museums has a varied collection of digitized video. Topics include several videos related to the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as the Los Angeles Zoo, the creation of exhibits at the Natural History Museum, and Southern California landscape. View the entire digitized video collection here.