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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3499
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Ranked #20 of 700 things to do in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural history museums, Historic sites, Science museums, History museums, Specialty museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site...
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Type: Natural history museums, Historic sites, Science museums, History museums, Specialty museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Boston, Massachusetts
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

If you visit Los Angeles and you skip the La Brea Tar Pits, you've missed out on one of the coolest sights the city has to offer. This site and the Page Museum showcase fossils from over 11,000 years ago. What makes this place so special is that the tar pits are still visible to visitors, and there are teams... More 

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Costa Mesa, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The staff at the museum are more than just helpful, they absolutely want you to have a great time and will take the time to make sure you do. One of the Paleontologists working on an active dig site is fluent in ASL, she took time to sign with my son and really made his day. This is an excellent... More 

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Larkspur, California
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Loved all aspects of this small but very engaging museum. Although dated displays, it is still very interesting to walk around both inside and outside museum. My only disappointment was not having one grand visual to explain exactly how animals all got trapped in tar pits. Overall, such an incredible place in the heart of a major city. Loved seeing... More 

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Austin, Texas
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

Great visit to this site. Park in the museum lot ($10) - street parking is tough. Go around the sideo f the building to the entrance - we went up and down the stairs by mistake. Nice museum with a film explaining the "tar pit" and a walking tour of the area. You can see oil bubbling out of the... More 

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Liberty
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The place smelled like hot tar but was full of lots of information. Seeing prehistoric animals up close and personal was a treat for sure, especially for the kids. Love putting history in our vacations. Did not have time to take the tag on tours but enjoyed our visit none the less.

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San Diego, California, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The first time I saw this museum, Me and parents got here late and had to rush because they were closing in 45mins. Now seeing it again with a group of people from the Natural History Muesum from San Diego was great. We had a great guided tour.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Page Museum is much improved since my last visit. The exhibits were interesting and appeal especially to families with kids and natural history buffs. The new "fishbowl" exhibit where you can watch fossilized bones being cleaned is neat.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We have driven by the LaBrea Tar Pits a thousand times without stopping to look. Our 2 older grandsons wanted to see them, so we finally went in. Wow!! We were really impressed with what we saw! Millions of years ago, and even today, asphalt oozes up from under the surface to form a smelly goo that has trapped thousands... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've always wanted to visit the La Brea Tar Pits ever since I learned about them in elementary school. The museum was very educational and had so much information available. The displays are amazing. And just walking around on the grounds was interesting as well. And the parking was not bad at all. We just parked at a meter not... More 

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Victorville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Did you know..it is asphalt,oil...not tar! No dinosaurs ever recovered there only wonderful mammals dating back 65,000 years. Giant sloths..thousands of Sabertoothed Cats..Mastodons & Mammoths..Dier Wolves and yes camels..horse types..many bird varieties. With a membership you only need pay for parking $12 across the street. Tours and special events are covered and photos are discounted. On site recovery of fossils... More 

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