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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 #21 of 308 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
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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.
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Fascinating experience! My husband kept mentioning the La Brea Tar Pits. After researching Trip Advisor and La Brea ("tar") Pits, I had to see this or rather the thrill of "tar pits." The Page Museum did it and is a well-planned indoor/outdoor exhibit and museum. A visitor can make this easy/non messy (with no effort) as we did while still... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Best collection of ice age bones I've ever seen. Presentation was pretty good, with the ability to view the actual process of excavation and preservation. The introductory movie needs to be updated as the animations are pretty primitive. Plan to spend about one to one and a half hours at the museum and walking the small grounds. Park on the... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

This was our favorite stop in LA. My wife and I enjoyed walking around the tar pits, and visiting the museum. There are so many well preserved specimens, and some interactive exhibits too. The history is all very interesting, and the price wasn't bad. Out on the grounds we saw asphalt bubbling up in random places. Don't wear your best... More

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

So happy you enjoyed your trip here on your visit to LA More

Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Excellent venue with so many interesting artifacts and exhibits. So glad we went and spent some time there.

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

Happy that you could visit us on your trip to the US More

Roseville, California
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105 reviews 105 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

... so you can guess how this one goes! I've wanted to get to the La Brea Tar Pits for a long, long time. Finally, on this visit to LA we did it! My wife is not exactly a paleontology fan, and even she enjoyed her time there. We parked on 6th Street, north of the museum (metered parking), and... More

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

We welcome all closet, current and future paleontologists, and just currious people of all kinds. So glad you got a chance to come see the work that's being done here. More

Yosemite National Park, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

For starters it was only 15 dollars for the museum, a tour, and an interactive movie... what!?! The exhibits are amazing and really informative, you get to see employees and volunteers digging and sorting through the muck, and the pits are still very active. Its a great day and you have to visit if you are anywhere near... oh, the... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

The tar pits and Page Museum is a very important and unique historical sight. The tars pits are still bubbling. Inside the museum the tar preserved animals bones are one of a kind anywhere in the country. You can watch workers sort thru the preserved debris for the remains of mastadons to insects. Behind the museum are boxes of recently... More

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

Its incredible what our scientists have discovered from what they have dug up right here. So much is now known about the ice age, LA of the past and also climate change. Glad you enjoyed our Excavator Tour. More

Loughborough, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

As soon as you step out of you're car you can smell the tar, parked on a road nearby as the car park was expensive, millions of fossils have been found in these thick, bubbling holes, and they are still finding them everyday, on site there is an Atrium with tropical plants, a tar pull where you can try and... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very interesting place. Loads of fossils and displays with detailed information explaining what your looking at. The most interesting bits to us were the viewing area where you could watch the staff cleaning bones etc and doing all of their science stuff to them in the lab. The other highlight was the tar pit excavation area which is a minute... More

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Harwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I grew up in Riverside, and had been to LA and Hollywood multiple times, but had never been to La Brea tar pits until now. Following the GPS made me laugh as we were right in the middle of Hollywood when it said we were there. The park is small but nice, and the museum was free (I believe Tuesdays... More

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