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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Formerly Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits)
Phone Number: +1 213-763-3499
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the...

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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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Loved this place. One of my bucket list places to be and do. So much knowledge and history to absorb. And the arboretum on top was peaceful. Although parking may be problematic as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hurricane, United States
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Hurricane, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loved this place. One of my bucket list places to be and do. So much knowledge and history to absorb. And the arboretum on top was peaceful. Although parking may be problematic as there is not enough room for the volume of people attending. Popular p[lace.

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Syosset, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well we picked the hottest day of the year to visit, but we still enjoyed the walking tour of the tar pits and would recommend a tour to see and learn all about them. There were several children on the tour and they were so fascinated and engaged, it was wonderful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Like watching tv programs like David Attenborough life on earth. Yes...then this exibition and museum is for you. Like all museums in USA, it is very professional, educational and in this case convenient. Its all about evolution with woolly mamoths, saber tooth tigers and more. Entrance is nominal and there is a free tour available. You can bus it from... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fun way to spend a few hours learning about the prehistoric inhabitants of LA. The 3D film was informative and we'll done.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took one of the free tours, so this definitely made the cost of admission worth it. The museum is small and could be easily seen in an hour if you are stopping and reading everything. There are some free areas, however, I recommend taking one of the free tours so you have some background on what you are seeing.

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

Hi txtravel021, glad you enjoyed our Excavator Tour. It does give you a good overview of everything and goes over the story of the Tar Pits. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I hadn't been to La Brea Tar pits in LA since I took my kids 30 years ago, and then prior to that when I went on an elementary school field trip in the 70's. I am so happy we went. My grandsons, ages 6 and 4 LOVED it. We bought the ticket to the museum with the movie and... More 

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

Welcome back! I love your story of introducing the Tar Pits through the generations of your family. Thank you so much for sharing your review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The most exciting part of my visit to LA was to have my six-year old grandson proudly show me round the Tar Pits Museum. He stunned me with his knowledge, including the long complicated names of so many of the extinct species. It's a must to visit if you're in LA.

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

Hi Michael, that is awesome. You might have a future paleontologist in the family. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Probably great for kids, and probably mandatory for anyone science oriented, but when you get down to it, it's a tar pit (or as you will be educated an asphalt seep). The museum is pretty good, and the 3D movie worth seeing. The other presentation, basically a giant puppet show explaining the site, is just for kids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Student admission was only $9 so in that regard the museum wasn't *bad* value, but nevertheless was very small. The pits themselves - site of excavations of ice age animals - are in the grounds and free to walk around, and much more interesting. The museum houses much of the discoveries, skeletons and displays of sabre toothed tigers, mastodons, dire... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I spent a Sunday at the tar pits, it is amazing to see the tar bubbling on the floor through different areas of the park. A good walk, lots of history for both kids and adults.

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