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Closed Mondays: George C. Page Museum

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Los Angeles is home to some of the most magnificent museums in the country. Amongst the excitement of LACMA and the glamour of the Getty, some of the smaller museums go unnoticed. Let's visit the overlooked, the obscure, and even the unusual. If we're lucky, they won't even be closed Mondays.

When people think of the La Brea Tar Pits, they usually think of the outdoors -- the replicas dramatically "trapped" in tar, and Pit 91, where scientists continue to unearth fossils under tourists' watchful eyes. But the George C. Page Museum is where the real action is.

George C. Page was a philanthropist with a keen interest in the "tar pits." According to the museum's website, he came to Rancho La Brea in 1917 and was disappointed to find that "the skeletons of Ice Age animals he sought were not on-site, but seven miles away at the Natural History Museum." After making his fortune, he offered to finance an on-site facility in 1973. "Construction began in 1975 and the museum opened to the public in 1977."