La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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grangemont
Orofino, ID121 contributions
Very interesting
Aug 2021
Nice museum and well marked walking path to view the tar pits. The grounds are well kept and the museum offers hand sanitizer.
Very informative
Written October 10, 2021
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Billy Jack
Mesa, AZ8 contributions
Always Amazing
Oct 2021
This was my second visit-- las was about 20 years ago. Loved the "scientists in a fishbowl" concept being able to view the research going on and seeing the actual active pits. around the museum.
Written October 2, 2021
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CHRIS L
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK432 contributions
old time fun!
Sep 2021
this museum is interested, wierd to see a tar pit right in the heart of LA! tar pits are amazing and the museum was cool. lots of bones and info on animals of the past.
musuem is pretty small and doesnt take too long, there is a 3D movie to watch, but most of the fun is outside at the tar pits.
Written September 25, 2021
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Mamjensen
Modesto, CA449 contributions
Doable Museum
Aug 2021 • Friends
We had a great time at the museum and park. It is amazing what they have pulled out of the ground here and are still extracting! The museum is excellent and small enough to visit in an hour or so. Very worthwhile to come here - and right in the middle of downtown LA!
Written August 29, 2021
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mrk4th
Burr Ridge, IL303 contributions
Lots of bones!
Aug 2021 • Couples
I’ve been fascinated with the tar pits since I was a little kid and had a plastic model of a woolly rhino sinking while a condor tears out a chunk of its flesh, but this was my first visit in person. The museum was pretty much as I expected, with what seemed to be about a million bones on display. The 3D movie was not worth it, I’ve seen better documentaries on Discovery. Outside, the pleasant park, smelling of tar, is very interesting, especially the Lake Pit where the tar is still bubbling to the surface. Unfortunately, the other smaller pits are just filled with boxes (of more bones) for future study; not much to see. I’m sure every school kid in SoCal has come here on a field trip, but if that’s not you, it’s worth it for a glimpse back in time.
Written August 4, 2021
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luckyg215
Fort Myers, FL207 contributions
Free & fascinating
Jul 2021
The number of fossils & active tar seeping through was interesting. Worth the $10 to park. Nice green grass park in the center for frisbee or lunch.
Written July 22, 2021
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Konstantina Mahlia
11 contributions
Fascinating and ALIVE
Jun 2021
The smell of tar wafts all around and the strategic orange cones and grilles tell you its a' hot spot' ie...tar is literally still coming out of the ground as it has for millions of years,. The re-enactment of the Mastotdons eery death and a vivid and well done display of what an important role this place had through the ages. Very worth a visit.
Written July 19, 2021
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travelnetv
Carmel, IN50 contributions
Super cool science right in LA
Jun 2021
Thsi one of our favotire LA experiances. Very intersting! I;d budgent 1 1l2 hours. Teen and parents both enjoyed. At the time we were there they had timed entering which was great, as it was not as crowded. Parking was eacy but you could park on the streek just beside it for less. Nice park area surronding. You could still see the bubbles in the pit. Fasinating history. Creationist beware.....
Written July 6, 2021
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,471 contributions
Natural History Must See
Jun 2021 • Family
Had a great time exploring the museum. We also watched the Titans of the Ice Age 3D movie; very interesting and it provided background to what we saw the.man in the fishbowl. Parking is available behind the museum. Times entry tickets are required at this time. Well worth the time if you’re in the area.
Written June 17, 2021
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Cassidy
105 contributions
Very Interesting, Museum Worth It Once
May 2021 • Couples
There’s only a few things to know about this place.
1. The park is free, the museum is not (although it is reasonably priced)
2. The museum is quite small— think 45 minutes
3. This is not dinosaurs, it’s “ice age” mammals if you care
Otherwise it’s definitely a cool visit!
Written May 21, 2021
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