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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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Nice place to visit

If you're looking for a nice place to visit, that's pretty quick, and you get to experience a bit of history, this is the place for you. Before you get there, try to find parking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a nice place to visit, that's pretty quick, and you get to experience a bit of history, this is the place for you. Before you get there, try to find parking on the street because the lot will cost $12 and just take a walk around outside because you will be charged $12 pp if you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family loved this place. You can not only walk around the tar pits, but also go to several excavation sites pretty much every day of the week and watch them pull 'stuff' out, clean it and inventory it. The inside museum is small-but excellent. Some really great, easy to read information and very cool displays. They even have a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

having always heard of the tar pits, it was really great to finally see it in person. my mother and i enjoyed this as a stop on a sightseeing tour. recommend if you haven't been

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited with my 12 year old son. This place was fun and interesting. It well designed that captivates you through a talented blending of videos, artifacts, displays, and layout.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Interesting museum just by LACMA demonstrates the prehistoricperiod when mamoth and other creatures lived in this area in the middle of LA We watched 25 minutes long film which was very educative though the predatory scenes were a bit scary for the young ones

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The pools of stinky tar are a unique sight in the middle of the city and a fun surprise for all ages. There are several pits in the park and an on-going dig site that you can see for free. The museum isn't very big and features a few larger animal skeletons and many smaller animal skulls, etc. Great park... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was history come to life! Our daughter was astonished to walk where dinosaurs once roamed! (So was I!) Wonderful place to visit in LA.

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Orlando, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Was amazed at how much all of us enjoyed the tar pits and museum and how much we learned. The price was resonable and the tours were great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of things to like about this museum. Modern. Many volunteers to explain and bring exhibits to life, plenty to see in the grounds. The section on the history of the area around the Tar Pits, gives a good insight to the development of the whole of LA Easy to combine visit with a trip to The Grove, or to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You have to see this place to believe it. BUBBLING tar pits in the middle of Los Angeles. I assumed the bubbling was from heat, but it turns out that is is methane gas being released from the oil that is underground. Very interesting excavations going on, and you can see the scientists and volunteers (through glass) working on freeing... More 

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