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Before it was the vibrant city we know, Los Angeles was underwater for over 90 million years. Explore the underwater realm of ancient Los Angeles when much of the L.A. area was submerged beneath the waves of the prehistoric Pacific Ocean.
Dive into our newest multimedia-rich, immersive exhibition L.A. Underwater. Discover L.A.’s prehistoric past through the stories of nearly 40 fossils that are uncovering the secrets of our submerged prehistory. Many of these fossils were found by everyday Angelenos–from construction workers unearthing over 2,000 fish fossils while working on the Metro line to Museum neighbors discovering a whale skull while digging an irrigation ditch in Lincoln Heights. These locally-discovered fossils are helping scientists understand the topography of the city's past and present.
What lies beneath the surface of Los Angeles? A hidden ocean waiting to be explored . . . by you!
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ALONG THE WAY, YOU'LL:
- View nearly 40 fossils that were formed during the 90 million years when L.A. was underwater.
- Experience life-sized prehistoric animals like a shark bigger than a city bus.
- Use an interactive map to find fossils discovered near your neighborhood.
- Explore the many habitats of L.A.’s prehistoric ocean.
- See a hologram of an extinct squid-like animal that swam the seas when dinosaurs still roamed California.
- Find out how our prehistoric ocean left a legacy of fossil fuels.
Take a sneak peek at some of the rare fossils from across the L.A. region that you will discover in this exhibition.
Dive in Deeper
Explore the terrain of L.A. Underwater with the narrative map series: Ancient L.A. Stories.