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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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Unique in the heart of LA

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... read more

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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 yesterday 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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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 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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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is incredible to see that a lot of the skeletons were dug up on site. In Los Angeles! Beautiful exhibits, great detail and videos. I would definitely go again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the hop-on/hop off bus that left near Hollywood and one of the places I was keen to visit was La Brea. I had heard about the Pits from movies and TV shows but wanted to see it first hand. As we were on the bus, the company had discount vouchers for the Pits. The place is very educational... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I'm a huge museum fan. A friend suggested this and I'm glad we went. If you're on a budget, you can see lots of stuff without actually going into the building and paying for access inside. Otherwise, it's a very inexpensive entry and worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a fun place to go check out some history! The exhibits are neat and lots of opportunities for reading and discussion. Quite a few tours are included with entrance fee so be sure to get a schedule!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a museum that can take all day or just a couple of hours. You see lots on bones, or replicas with all the info. It is interesting so see an actual dig taking place. It was kinda neat. I did watch the very short 3D movie. It was ok.

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