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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)
Phone Number: +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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I don't know what I was expecting, but I've heard about the tar pits since I was in school (many years ago). They're not what I expected. Some were ponds with oily film and some... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Newark, Delaware USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I don't know what I was expecting, but I've heard about the tar pits since I was in school (many years ago). They're not what I expected. Some were ponds with oily film and some were more tar. I guess the biggest surprise was they're really in the middle of everything and around the corner from Beverly Hills. Not cheap... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very unique. Tons of fossils all found on site. You can observe the archaeologists and paleontologists during their normal work day.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very dissapointing, over priced and over rated. Better off reading up on the Internet or books. Plenty of school trips visiting during our visit, probably a excellent school trip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I found it very interesting and the history of the tar pits is very fun. Museum was fun to go through. You can actually see the tar pits outside and they are still findibg things in the continually seeping tar.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Due to the tar pits, they have a unique collection of fossils and lot's of them. They have two displays that show the sheer number. A display of over 200 wolf skulls on a wall. Their largest fossil is a mammoth. No large dinosaurs here. You can tour sine of the tar pits on the site and see and smell... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a wonderful layout researching our the area thousands of years ago. You can see many tar pits on the grounds and the museum is well worth visiting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't been here in 20+ years and took 2 friends who had never been. I had NO IDEA how incredible it has become! All I remember was the tar pits in the front. We are three adults and it was so interesting, educational and seriously mind-blowing to see the new pits being excavated, to see all of the bones,... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My son wanted to go so we decided to stop by. We only did the outdoor walking tour which took about 45 minutes. The smell is bad and it really isn't my kind of exploration. The grounds we're well taken care of and the exhibits were nice and informative. Great place to walk around and I'm sure the museums were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The pits themselves are free! The museum is very interesting and affordable. The 3D movie is worth the extra money!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I found out about this place from my friends who live in LA. It was a very unique experience. I hadn't even heard of something like this before and it was even better because it was in the heart of the city. So it was very easily accessible. Only the museum needs a ticket and the garden and outdoor area... More 

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