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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539 (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 and Museum General Admission
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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Had a great time around the tar pits. There were so many interesting things to see not just the tar oozing out of the ground. Very informative placards around the area. Also it is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Louth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great time around the tar pits. There were so many interesting things to see not just the tar oozing out of the ground. Very informative placards around the area. Also it is free to enter and wander around.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We learned about the Tar Pits because they were listed on our LA Go Card. We wanted to see as much as we could (to experience LA and to make the best use of our money and the Go Card purchase), so we made the Tar Pits our first attraction of four to do on our last day in LA.... More 

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San Leandro, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum doubles as a working archaeological site with an on-site lab visitors are welcomed and encouraged to observe. The design of the museum stimulates curiosity and provides ample material for satisfying that curiosity--in the form of exhibits, films, and opportunities to observe the actual workings of the site. The pits are not always being worked on, but on the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

visit museum mile and visit the La Brea Tar Pits near Hoolywood and other tourist attraction many restaurants nearby

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connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I went here many years ago with my kids and remember it was a great place to visit. We went again last year and were again amazed at this great treasure in such a busy downtown area. Kudos to LA for keeping it instead of building over it. It is one of a kind place.

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York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a fascinating place to visit, that few have heard about. Many of the natural tar pits are accessible from the park, with viewing areas where the pits are being excavated. And, when you've seen enough outside, there's the museum containing the thousands of specimins that have been excavated over the years. Easy to find as it's down the... More 

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South East England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Fascinating tar pits right in the heart of Willshire Boulevard. Really interesting living and working museum and staff very knowledgeable. Great for kids took as the animatronics are quite lifelike.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

it is amazing that the location was so ancient, as they found the skeletons of prehistorical animals, apart from being a place where oil comes up almost naturally....worth a visit to the site.

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Magnolia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you love history then put this place on your list. I was kids would not love it as much as I was sure I would. I was mistaken. They loved it. My youngest son (9) kept talking about how hard it was to pull the handle out of the tar. They also loved the Ice Age Adventure show and... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum visit was rather unique as I for one was unaware of the archaeology that existed on the continent hundreds of thousands to millions of years ago, as part of my month-long visit to California. Definitely a visit for friends and/or family.

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