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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 #27 of 389 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. Watch our paleontologists working in our Fossil Lab. You can even experience what it’s like to get stuck in the tar with our tar pull.Catch our live multimedia performance of Ice Age Encounters. We uncover the mysteries of the extinct creatures who roamed Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. This dynamic, 15-minute performance brings the distant past to life.Outside check out the Lake Pit and other tar pits where the tar is still bubbling! Walk through the Pleistocene Garden and see what plants were here in L.A. during the Ice Age. Then visit our active fossil excavation sites — Pit 91 and Project 23 — to see what our excavators have uncovered today.Be sure to reserve your spot on our Excavator Tour —- this is the best way to experience our discoveries in action! Start inside at the Fossil Lab, where we’re working on recently-excavated fossils. Walk around the famous Lake Pit, through the park and down into the newly re-opened Observation Pit to find embedded fossils. The tour concludes at Project 23, our live dig site, where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission. « less
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

For years, I have been wanting to take the kids to the tar pits every time we were in the LA area. Finally got a chance to, but it was a bit underwhelming. The actual tar pit was interesting, but I was expecting a lot more tar in the lake. The bubbling in the water from natural gas fissures under... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

I really enjoyed my afternoon at the tar pits! I'm from the UK and was passing through LA on a road trip. Herd about there being a place where they found sabre tooth cats, had to go! I thought the museum was a little pricy for the size. They have some great fossils and the dire wolf wall was pretty... More

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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The Page Museum is small, but has a lot of history. There are some volunteers explaining the expositions, and you can also see people working in the paleontology museum. The expositions have fossils and materials that scientists found at the tar pits. You can visit the museum and less than 1 hour. After that, you can walk around the park... More

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Ottawa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

We visited recently with two kids (5 & 6) and the kids could have cared less about the paid portion of the museum, which by the way, is quite small and disproportionately pricey ($5 for kids, $12 for adults - plus $9 for parking). A few pictures of your group are taken just inside the main door, and on they... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a great place to bring your family or just yourself. The park is huge and the garden is just wonderful to walk through. The off street parking is $9 but there is plenty of meter parking around the park. If you can take the tours, this is where the real learning begins. I personally thought the museum was... More

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

Yes, watch where you step - it can get a little sticky. We have started refreshing the Museum, so thank you for your idea about the Dire Wolf and wolf skulls, I will pass this suggestion along to the exhibit staff. More

Pearland, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We stopped by the Tar Pits and the park and the city has done a great job of explaining the history and science behind the bubbling tar. The park is clean and safe and there's concerts offered, so check the schedule.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Quick and easy destination. You get a nice walk around the park to see active tar pits, then the Page Museum delves into these pits and shows you some amazing and cool things. There are two movies rooms, skip the first (by the entry) and go see the second (by the exit). Be sure and wonder around the courtyard. The... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Finally got to go to see the tar pits, which are still active. Very interesting story about the guy who started the joint and he came to California. Since historical visit while visiting LA.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We were not expecting much but joined a inside guided tour, then the paid for tour of the pits followed by the spare toothed cat presentation. A most excellent afternoon....we learnt so much and it works at all levels of the family. A must do.

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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 we are happy that you were able to have a fun, educational day. The Excavator Tour is a must do at the Museum, it's a really great way to learn about the excavations that are being done here right on site. More

Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The Tar Pits and the Page Museum are beautifully maintained. It was a great learning experience but lots of fun at the same time. The life size replica models both inside and outside the museum are awesome. The Sabre Tooth Cat display which changes between the life size model and the skeletal system made of fossils is really cool. I... More

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

Thank you for your review. That's what we love - education and fun stuck together with just a little bit of tar. More

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