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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 391 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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York, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is one of the most interesting museums I have been to. All staff were friendly and very informative and the exhibits large and well presented. Everything was explained very clearly and the kids loved seeing the modern day tar lake and 'puddles' around the park. A wonderful slice of history!

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

So glad you and your kids enjoyed your visit. Thank you for your review. More

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to this museum. It was fascinating to see the ongoing work in both the fossil lab and Pit 91. We learned so much about fossils and life "way back when". The museum was clean and well planned out. Staff was pleasant, helpful and full of good information. Seeing the actual tar pit bubblying outside was... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I only had a quick stop at the tar pits and museum as it was almost closing time, but grateful for it. The amount of fossils pulled from the tar pits is unimaginable and to see once living creatures reconstructed for viewing amazing. I especially enjoyed watching new fossils being cleaned and worked on in the lab. An overall interesting... More

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Waihi Beach, NZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Had high hopes for this museum but left a little disappointed. While interesting in what has been discovered on the site over the years, there is very little on display. The outside tar pits are still bubbling out methane and seeping asphalt so it does smell. Overall I had expected more.

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

Of course it’s smelly! One of the reasons the La Brea Tar Pits has its distinct aroma is the hydrogen sulfide bubbling to the surface. Along with methane, it’s one of the gases released when you see the tar bubbles in the Lake Pit. More

Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I visited the Page Museum and Tar Pits in August, and it was one of the best parts of our trip. It was just fascinating! We weren't expecting to see so many real fossils from ice-aged creatures...and we definitely weren't expecting to find a Paleontology Lab where we could observe the cleaning of these fossils. It was... More

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

Thank you for letting us know about your visit. We love the Fossil Lab here. We can do all of our work on-site. The fossils are brought over after they are uncovered from Project 23, and the Paleontologists and our volunteers work in the lab on everything from Zed, the near-complete Columbian Mammoth, to microfossils, that tell us more about... More

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I made the mistake of trying to fit LACMA and the Page Museum into one 5-hour visit. So of course I spent more than my allocated time at LACMA and didn't leave enough time for the Page. Do the short video and the tour to get your bearings and historical overview. Fascinating!

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Arroyo Grande, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had heard good things for years about this venue. It is beautifully laid out, but quite confusing. When you enter the parking lot you have no idea where to go, We found that one way was where workers are digging and there are a couple of exhibits and in the other direction there is the Page Museum. The digging... More

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

Sorry for the confusion, the tar seeps dictated where we could have the parking lot, so it does get a bit confusing. You do have to walk around the building to get to the Museum entrance. We always recommend for our visitors to pick up our Discovery Guide which has a map of the park and the Museum – it’s... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We loved the Page Museum and the Tar Pits. There was so much i didn't know! I really enjoyed the exhibits and seeing the actual dig in pit 91! You will really enjoy La brea and the Page Museum!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We took our six year old daughter here as part of a family museum vacation. We all LOVED it. It was just the right size for us to see everything during the morning, educational and not crowded. Staff was super friendly and helpful, the facilities were clean and exhibits well organized.

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Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This museum is unlike any we had ever been to. The grounds of the museum have various tar pit digs with staff working to identify prehistoric fossils. Inside the museum, staff and volunteers work to clean and catalog fossils and microfossils. They have a huge collection of these fossils from animals that got stuck in the tar pits. The only... More

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