On July 10, 2015, President Obama issued a Executive Order to make the Waco Mammoth Exhibition a new unit of the National Park System, the Waco Mammoth National Monument.

The fossilized mammoth remains at this site have been part of an important archaeological exploration for many years. The new facility covers the existing dig site and allows for visitor viewing while simultaneously permitting ongoing excavations. The structure very delicately touches the ground with perimeter foundations and clear spans the dig site. The architectural geometry of the building responds to the hunkered dig location and the mammoths themselves.

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