I was just watching some documentary about ice age animals, and I was wondering if there is a museum somewhere that displays reasonably complete skeletons (and/or full-size models) of Mammoths, sabre-tooth tigers, etc.

Ideally it should be not far from London.

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    Did you try the Natural History Museum? – Gagravarr May 26 '13 at 21:37

First of all I would check the Natural History Museum in London. They have a Mammoth skeleton hidden behind a Whale in the mammals section. They also have sabre tooth (Smilodon) somewhere around.

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The second best address, would be the "Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle" in Paris. It has a HUGE hall full of skeletons, with several Mammoth models.

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There are at least 2 complete Mammoth Skeleton in the back of the hall:

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Then there is the "Naturhistorische Museum" in Vienna, Austria (Museum for nature history). It has a quite extensive collection of complete skeletons. They do not seem to have a Mammoth skeleton in particular but instead a model of a complete animal, with fur etc.

Here is the similodon skeleton from there:

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While someone finds one closer to London, the La Brea Tar Pits museum in Los Angeles have awesome and quite complete skeletons. As you may infer from the name, in this area tar pits have caused animals that sank into them to remain remarkably intact. The museum is near La Brea road which means tar and excavations for more remains are ongoing.

  • Guess somebody does not like the La Brea Tar Pits? :( – Itai May 31 '13 at 13:53

Looks like a french winery acquired a Mammoth skeleton to attract customers.

This is the Cave des Vignerons - Histoire Naturelle. It is located in South of France, near Nîmes.

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