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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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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums, Science Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Leisure education, Picnicking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Interesting history and well versed docents guiding the tours, both indoor and excavation site. Both are included in the entrance fee. Time well spent. Right next to LACMA too!

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Windsor, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Bet I've driven by the La Brea Tar Pits, located near down-town Los Angeles, CA, 100's of times without stopping to see the museum there. Finally took the time to stop while on a trip with my husband and our friends. The museum is small but packed with animal, bird and insect remains all taken out of the still "bubbling"... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We spent a really informative morning here. Not only did we learn about the fossil excavations (which are active and ongoing) we learned about the history and development of the area. Really fascinating stuff with informative tours and shows.

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

Sounds like you got to experience a little bit of everything here. We are happy you included us in your trip to Los Angeles More 

Collingswood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

As I learned in the museum, asphalt bubbles to the surface, not tar. Brea is the Spanish word for tar. Over the ages animals got trapped in the muck and their bones were preserved- well enough that there are many skeletons on display in the museum. Rather neat was the wall of Dire Wolf skulls as well as the sabertooth... More 

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

Thank you for stopping into the Museum. One of my favorite parts about the Dire Wolf wall is looking at the differences in all of the skulls. You can see tiny dents and event teeth marks - they all tell the story of how each of the wolves lived thousands of years ago. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I've always wanted to attended the tar pits but by jingo they were underwhelming. Interesting, intriguing but underwhelming. It's great for 8 year old boys and that's about it. What I did enjoy was the wall of wolf skulls and being able to see volunteers painstakingly put bones back together.

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

Sorry we didn't live up to your expectations. If you do make it back to us, I recommend taking the Excavator Tour. It's free with Museum admission, and it goes more in depth about the digs going on outside, about the history and what we are working on in the fossil lab. It gives the full experience of the work... More 

Richardson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

You don't have to be a paleontologist to be captivated by the La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum. More than 5 million fossils have been excavated so far and the excavations will continue for years to come. The goo (asphalt) trapped all sorts of critters from the Ice Age and preserved them in an astonishing state. The Page... More 

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

I'm happy we were able to bring out your inner paleontologist. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We visited the museum after spending an hour walking around the grounds. It was very well done with some interesting exhibits, but our kids were quickly bored. It is probably more interesting to younger kids who are thrilled by large and extinct animals, and to adults who enjoy paleontology. Our kids better enjoyed walking around the grounds and seeing the... More 

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Palmer, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The displays are educational and pleasing to the eye. It is kind of small, took only 1 hour to see everything but worth seeing.

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Des Moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Found the pits and the associated museum to be extremely fascinating. Spent hours looking at the exhibits after which we toured the LA Art museum located adjacent.

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Spanish Fork, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Although this museum is small, it is wonderfully laid out and was very informative. Our family really enjoyed every aspect of our visit. My suggestion is to arrive early as once it was more crowded it was more difficult to maneuver. The staff did presentations that were great and you could tell they were very passionate about their jobs. The... More 

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

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. Yes, it's best to get here early on weekends, and either early or later in the afternoon during the weekdays (we have a lot of school groups). More 

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