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“Very interesting museum” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
Ranked #15 of 508 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Very interesting museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2012

The Page Museum has changed a lot since we first went there many years ago. Housed in this very nice, clean building, surrounded by a lovely park, is an excellent collection of fossils representative of the prehistoric creatures that inhabited the area and were trapped in the tar pits. One can watch museum staff at work on fossils, see a short movie about the area and the tar pits, and visit their nice little gift shop.

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Boone, North Carolina
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“All bones, no meat ;-)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

Beautiful gardens, check out the bubbling ooze before you enter the museum. On display is an amazing selection of complete skeletons of mammoths, sabre tooth cats, camels, elephants. Really a worthwhile exhibit.

Visited March 2012
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Port Moody, Canada
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A great venue for children”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2012

I went to this museum as a kid and had the best time there with my school group. All the tours were educational and the docents were very kind and informative.

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Miami, Florida
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66 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“kids loved it.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

I would definitely take the free tour that is ongoing daily. Went with my kids, they had fun. They have all sorts of different displays of animals excavated from the la break tar pits. You could also see the tar pits still bubbling (very cool).Definitely a place to visit if your in the area.

Visited March 2012
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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

True, the building is very dated and some of the exhibits are looking a little worn, but 2 things made this a great place: the outside tar pits where some work is being done are awesome, and one of the museum staffers inside is great - I don't have his name, and can't be sure he's still there, but look for a big guy in a lab coat (maybe an actual scientist or grad student), with long hair, tattoos and earrings. Not kidding with the description, and he was great. He's one of those people who can make learning fun, a naturally gifted teacher. He had a large group of kids and adults enthralled and excited by what he was talking about.

Visited August 2011
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