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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
+1 213-763-3499
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Ranked #30 of 397 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Historic Sites, Science Museums, History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
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... more » 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. « less
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

I loved this museum!! We had not originally planned to visit the tar pits, but unexpected changes landed us here. The exhibits and the history of the area is amazing. I particularly enjoyed the chance to see the paleontologists up close and personal working on various projects. The lake pit directly in front of the museum is a sight to... More

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Shellharbour, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

I found the exhibits good, the size of the Columbian Mammoth is staggering, and the sheer number of recently (geologically) extinct animals is sobering. Hopefully a reality check for those that believe climate stands still (regardless or warming or cooling debates). However the number of exhibits and size of museum was much less to what I was expecting. The admission... More

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Free! Great place for a look. See the fossils they have recovered and how they do it! You can pay a small fee for a guided tour if you like but we did it on our own and loved it :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I grew up in awe of the Tar Pits so when I got the chance to see them in person, it was fantastic. Right in the middle of the great city that is LA, don't miss this for a great time of learning.

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NHMLAC, Manager at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, responded to this review

So happy you made it out to the Tar Pits. We hope you got the chance to take our Excavator Tour to get the full story of the work that has been, and is still being done here. More

Sao Paulo, SP
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Went to this museum with my three kids (7, 4 and 3), it is not so big that they get tired and there is a lot of interesting things to see and stories to tell. They specially enjoyed it because they watched the Ice Age movies and some of the skeletons where of those animals in the movie. Adults enjoy... More

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NHMLAC, Manager at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, responded to this review

Glad your family had a fun time here. The park is great, a lot of kids (and some adults) love rolling down the hill. Just watch out for tar! More

Riverton, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

With an impressive variety of dinosaur skeletons and statues, this is a kid wonderland! There is a nice mix of history, scientific explanation, pictures and exhibits to wow the kids. My little dinosaur enthusiast loved every minute!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I took my little sister here. She really enjoyed learning about the various types of ancient animals and dinosaurs found in the local area. I found the history of the area and the Tar pits very fascinating. It has been a while since I have visited the page museum. It has improved greatly since I was a child. I like... More

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NHMLAC, Manager at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, responded to this review

Welcome back! Sounds like you caught one of our Excavator talks outsdie of Project 23 (one of our active dig sites). More

El Segundo, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I went here. We had to go to the area to run an errand and just happened by it. It was well worth taking the time to tour and visit. Its so crazy to think that those tar pits are still bubbling. And to think of of those animals and remains that they have found and are... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I have wanted to see the pits since I was a child, and living in Minnesota made that more of a challenge. This summer I had the opportunity to do so and was not disappointed. Pretty cool that they are still pulling bones out of the place with a seemingly never-ending supply. You can see actual tar pits with animated... More

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NHMLAC, Manager at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, responded to this review

So happy that you were able to make it here (and that we were on your list)! Great pictures, thank you for sharing. More

Oxford, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

beverly hills is much over rated and this is a globally important site which is passed by very often. It could do with some TLC but nevertheless this should not be missed. Signage is not great but it is near the art museum. Good for children especially.

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NHMLAC, Manager at Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and also for your understanding of the work being done here. We always recommend picking up our Discovery Guide, this will help you navigate both the outside and inside of the Museum. There is limited signage outside. More

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