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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Central L.A)
323 934 7243
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Ranked #23 of 369 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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
Description: Museum featuring artifacts from the La Brea tar pits.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Kansas City, USA
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66 reviews 66 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Although you can walk around the Tar Pits and not pay to go into the Museum I recommend that you do as the museum provides a lot of information not included on the signs outside. I found it interesting but was disappointed that we were unable to watch the actual digging. My husband enjoyed it more than I did, so... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

In the City is a great museum. The whole family loved it and we really want to go back. An amazing find with active archaeology taking place.

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LOS ANGELES
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I've gone three times now, once as a newcomer, two times to show family/friends visiting. Everyone loves the Tar Pits. Good location (next to LACMA), nice park, good for all ages. The hands on components (how strong you have to be to pull out of tar) are very fun. It's great to see not just the tar pit side but... More

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california
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Mildly interesting. Displays are done well. One large tar pit and several small tar pits around the property. A little over priced in our opinion. The woman working the reception admissions was very unfriendly and did not offer any information. We will not return or recommend this attraction. No place to eat on premises. daisyCalifornia

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Vey interesting and the kids loved it. Displays ice age fossils that have fallen into tar pits and have been recovered by paleontologists. Plenty of skeletons, models, kids can watch palaeontologists at work. Fans of the Ice Age movies can see the 'real' cast of characters. It only takes 1-2 hours.

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Interesting exhibits, smelly tar pits that are still producing fossils. Small museum very popular with school field trips. Museum store was disappointing -- mostly toys and souvenirs that appeal to children. Not very many books for adults who are truly interested in fossils.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This was the 1st thing we did in LA and still the best after a week vacation. Small museum and expensive to park but wonderful displays of ice age animals. Try to go when the field trips at not there it gets crazy. The food trucks across the street are great for lunch

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Orlando, Fl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Fun very interesting museum of the tar pits! Lots of amazing animal artifacts, husband and I really enjoyed, the teen in our group thought it was interesting but of course she found the glitz of hollywood much more fun

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Cleveland, Ohio
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Started with the guided tour of the tar pits and lake. The museum capped off the experience. Enjoyed the fish bowl where the new finds were displayed and workers were cleaning off new fossils. Very well laid out and does not take long to go through. The price is not bad and really adds to the viewing of the tar... More

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Savannah, Georgia
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

The museum is very well executed and the displays are informative, creative, and attractive. Some cute toys in the gift shop, too. The Tar Pits themselves were kind of lackluster compared to what I was expecting-- viscous, bubbling dark pits. Instead, it was a fenced off pond with some methane bubbles and some slick looking areas. Definitely worth a visit... More

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