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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3499
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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The La Brea Tar Pits are fascinating and the museum was great! We were only there for an hour which was enough time to see everything. It was fun for our tween/teen boys and we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

The La Brea Tar Pits are fascinating and the museum was great! We were only there for an hour which was enough time to see everything. It was fun for our tween/teen boys and we all learned a lot.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Likes - displays of ancient USA animals - mammoths, saber tooth tigers, bears, sloths, etc. with good descriptive plaques - short movie - actual dig to watch - actual laboratory work going on - watch scientists at work! - fossils of all kinds - actual outdoor tar pit with bubbling methane gas bubbles and mastodon statues - friendly, knowledgeable staff... More 

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san pedro ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Really cool historical look at the relics of old Los Angeles. No dinosaur here but sable tooth cats and mammoths. The tar pits method of trapping animals is interesting as the site is still an active dig. Technicians are still working and cleaning additional on-going digs. Next door to some LA art museums and a modest dirve to the Space... More 

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Miramar, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Make sure you make reservations for excavation tours on website. Beautiful surroundings, available parking unless other events are taking place at the museums, then it could get difficult.

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NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Fascinating museum and active paleontology site. The exhibits inside are dated, but you can watch current work excavating and preparing fossils. The grounds and guided tours are worth a long wander through to the county museum. You can smell the tar (asphalt) and see gas bubbling in the pond!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We went here on accident while visiting the Museum of Art. We took a nice stroll around the tar pits and saw they were doing a ton of construction. Still, the exhibits were fun and the kids enjoyed themselves. I know they are doing a lot of work to make it a lot better museum then years past so I... More 

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

We are doing some improvements to the Museum, but there is still lots to see during the minor construction. The Museum is less crowded during the week, especially in the afternoons (we get school groups in the morning). More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The tar pits are very interesting within the middle of the city. The Page Museum was very well done with a number skeletons of extinct animals that they recovered from the tar. It also has an area where you can watch the scientist take the bones out of the tar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

My grandson, aged 5, loved it and didn't want to leave. He loved the sabre-toothed demonstration, films, and all the exhibits. It is a smaller venue so it doesn't take all day. Lovely grounds can be used for picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I remember my mom taking me here when I was 4. Quite a few changes! My husband and I were recently able to take our daughter. We loved it! We did not take the guided tour but will do so next time. The museum is amazing. It is small but very well planned out and informative. We enjoyed the short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Don't come here expecting dinosaurs. It is a museum of Ice Age mammals. It is also an active dig site. Make sure you take the guided tour around the grounds because you will learn so much more. The museum itself is small, but rich in fossils and facts. The reconstructed giant sloths, mammoths, and sabre-tooth cats really offer a great... More 

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