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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Formerly Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits)
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+1 213-763-3499
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the...

Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Page Museum is where we showcase the best fossils, animals, and plants that have been discovered here - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and more. Experience the Ice Age come to life with our Ice Age Encounters show.

Outside check out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling and our active fossil excavation sites to see what our excavators have uncovered today.

Make the most of your visit with our Excavator Tour. Get the behind-the-scenes story and see scientists working on recently excavated fossils, walk around our famous Lake Pit, and visit our live dig site where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission.

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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

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Travel Back in Time!

The tar pits give you an opportunity to experience the geology of the area the way it looked thousands of years ago. The pits are located next door to the LACMA, so the location... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tar pits give you an opportunity to experience the geology of the area the way it looked thousands of years ago. The pits are located next door to the LACMA, so the location is convenient for a great day trip. Take the time to visit the museum and check our the exhibits; we met a wonderful docent, Jane, who... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend took us here during a recent tour of the area. I had heard about the tar pits many years ago. I did not know the history of the pits until we visited. The visit was very informative and it was very interesting to see the pits in the middle of the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, The La Brea Tar Pits are an Ice Age excavation site & a famous fossil locality. We joined the excavator tour – very enlightening. Interesting and well done fossil exhibits include mammoths, sloths, saber-toothed cats, camels, condors, and more. Check-out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling up through... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I did a day trip from Vegas to LA. We decided to visit LACMA and saw the La Brea Tar Pits and decided to do that. To me there isn't much to see other than tar coming up from the ground. Use your imagination and step back in time and you will have fun. The exhibits are... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was interesting but really I was expecting more than just the one large outdoor tar pit. I was disappointed to see that the bubbling you see are all man made and on timers. It was ok but thats about all.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a cool museum although I drove through 1-1/2 hours of LA traffic to reach it. The movie which is $4 extra is just okay - I'd skip it. I was able to hop on the Excavator Tour which provided more information about the tar pits. I would definitely recommend hitting that up if you have time. Overall, expensive... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Eight of us toured the museum, saw a film and strolled the grounds. Lots of interesting exhibits for adults and children. Especially enjoyed the reassembled bones and the fishbowl. Sorry there was no dig active at the time of our visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The tar pits are in need of a deep cleaning. There is a lot of garbage floating around in the tar. It is also difficult to photograph as the bars on the fence surrounding the pits are close together.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small museum that was super interesting located in the middle of a park. It was great for letting my kid run around and roll down the grassy hill. The museum was small but they had a great area where you could see people doing the fossil recovery, really interesting. We were lucky to find there were four... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I found the Tar Pits fascinating. If you have any interest in geology, archeology, paleontology, or the Flintstones, don't miss this. Absolutely unique. There is tar bubbling up through the ground. Huh? I don't get it. And this is in the middle of LA. Go figure.

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