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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)
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3499
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
Description: 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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Great place to visit - animals stuck in tar over the years. Excavations are live and the tar is still escaping around the area. Pay the extra for the museum.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit - animals stuck in tar over the years. Excavations are live and the tar is still escaping around the area. Pay the extra for the museum.

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Had heard many times about this place and finally got to visit. A bit of a let down - not sure what we expected, but it wasn't that. It's a small park that is reasonably historically interesting - but is replete with horrific parking, poorly mannered crowds, trash/debris around the area and not a lot else to do. Be advised... More 

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Northridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is the second time we've taken our grandchildren to the La Brea tar pits. They were absolutely fascinated with learning about prehistoric bones and where the dinosaurs once lived. Stayed outside for several hours. Enjoyed visiting the museum. Very educational.

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Boulder, CO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Never been, so we decided to check it out. It is definitely more than a smelly hole in the ground, though the smell can get strong at times. The museum is short and sweet, and the different sites are worth checking out. Not an all day trip for sure. I think we got in and out in a little over... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We chose to.Just walk the outer grounds and read about this extraordinary place. It's a 30 minute bus trip.from downtown and well worth a visit. It is amazing to see tne tar bubbling from the underground oil field a 1000 feet below. They have a set up showing how the mammoth were caught in the tar and could not escape.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We had a great time here. Our kids were entertained for several hours outside and then we all enjoyed the museum. It was a small museum which was interesting to us, our kids, and their grandparents. It is nicely done and informative. I thought it was worth the price of admission and can't wait to go back. Restrooms are clean.... More 

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los angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Driven by this so many times and didn't even realize it was where it was. "La Brea" should have given it away but it was a nice surprise to find it right next to LACMA. Parking was $10, entry for adults was $12.50 each which includes a tour of the exhibit, free tour outside lead by the most knowledgeable and... More 

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The La Brea Tar Pits is the only site where this type of study of prehistoric bones is conducted (with the exception of one small site in CA, apparently). You can walk back in time when you see the exhibits at this museum. There are reconstucted skeletons of many animals - the tusks are the only artificial parts because they... More 

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Monrovia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Terrific Interactive museum to thrill the young ones and visitors! Sabertooth tigers are among the many animal species found in the 'pits. Go ahead ... You can't help yourself... Bend done to the grass near the fence along the tar pits, and touch the black ooze. Then spend the rest of the day trying to get the stick stuff off!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I love that in the middle of 3 days of theme parks, we could easily dip into a well researched and presented display of ice-age history. The tar pits ensnarled ice-age animals and plants, and then preserved them beautifully for modern examination. The staff where enthusiastic about sharing their work - we saw a 10,000 year old stick that had... More 

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