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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539 (Formerly Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits)
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+1 213-763-3499
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Today
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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Worth the visit and located next door to LOCMA

Have passed by many times and finally stopped to see the museum. Fun and informative for adults and children alike. Lots to see both on the grounds which surround the exhibit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The tar pits were somewhat of a letdown for me, not living up my imagination going into the experience as I was thinking dinosaurs, and its more about the "ice age" creatures that existed between the time of dinosaurs and humans. So set your expectations to saber tooth cats and Mammoths and you'll be fine. Its not an exceptionally large... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Have passed by many times and finally stopped to see the museum. Fun and informative for adults and children alike. Lots to see both on the grounds which surround the exhibit building and contain actual tar pits, and inside the exhibit building.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The La Brea Tar Pits and museum were a fun surprise! We stumbled across them and decided to stop one day in LA. This is not a full day experience - you'll be doing good if it's a 1/2 day trip, but you can see most of it in 1-2 hours. The history and current archaeological finds they are still... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my third time here and first time with my school age daughter and son. After 3 days at Universal Studios and Disneyland, it was nice to get some entertainment that was non-fiction and educational. My daughter and son were fascinated, as I still am, with the variety and numbers of recovered bones of mammoths, camels, sabre tooth tigers,... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always summered in Orange County as a family. This was one place we drove to LA to see. Many dinosaur and prehistoric animals such as sabre tooth tiger models are in the museum. Also, there are skeletons to of unearthed creatures found in the tar. Outside is the black tar pits that bubble and smell very strong. Entertaining for... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've wanted to see this museum from when I was very young and it did not disappoint. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the size and breadth of the museum and its grounds (the whole area smells like an asphalt road). There is an in-door museum space that displays many skeletal examples of the types of animals that were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an excellent museum. We paid extra to see the 3D film which was well worth it. They have lots of skeletons of animals found in the tar pits. It took me awhile to realize why they seemed so unusual. I am used to seeing whitish skeletons in museums. These are all dark colored from absorbing the tar. Methane... More 

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Cuenca, Ecuador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Ever since I was a kid in school I had heard about the La Brea tar pits and finally I had a chance to visit this historic site and museum. Of course, there is a strong petroleum smell, so be prepared. But the museum is well worth it.

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Georgetown, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For years I've heard about the tar pits and always wanted to visit. It'll be worth going back for more than a photo stop on a Starline Tour, but really enjoyed the re-enacted creatures in the pits.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum and tar pits are interesting but I was a bit disappointed. For one, there is no sign to warn you that leaning on the railing could ruin clothing, such as my favorite shirt. Also, the museum is OK but not as interactive and exciting as I was hoping.

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