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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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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...more
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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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All reviews ice age dire wolves sabre tooth prehistoric animals excavation site natural history fascinating place wilshire blvd all ages on display great for kids couple of hours walk around skeleton mammoth asphalt bubbling
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Reviewed today

You don't even have to go into the pay-to-visit museum to see many (free) active pits and recreated skeletons and animals.

Thank AdventureTraveler113
Reviewed yesterday

The Tar Pits are a great educational experience in LA. The museum focuses exclusively on the animals that roamed the LA basin 10-50 Thousand Years Ago. It was very cool to see the comparison of the area back then compared to the sprawling Metropolitan area...More

Thank Tracy W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Not really a lot to do here but look at exhibits. I’d always wanted to see the pits. I was satisfied with them but was ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

Thank NikeofNargothrond
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a small museum and there isn't a lot to see, but we have been here multiple times. I always refer out of town visitors to this place, because it's well done and super interesting.

Thank Departure716649
Reviewed 3 days ago

My 6 & 9 year old boys loved the La Brea Tarpits! They learned a lot while having fun! Definitely worth your time if you have kids!

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 3 days ago

We found our visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum incredibly interesting. It's free to stroll around the extensive grounds, but going to the museum adds a lot to the experience and helps you understand what you're looking at. We loved the guided...More

Thank volcanogirl
Reviewed 3 days ago

Didn't go into the museum just walked around outside which is free and has lots of tar pits with lots of information about each. Most people stayed around the large pit with the elephants

Thank laura m
Reviewed 4 days ago

To fully appreciate the museum, best to go on the the Excavation tour. Gives prospective on the development of the tar pits and all the animals (and one human) found in the pits. Based on the tour, the rest of the museum bits and pieces...More

Thank 6_Speed_Automatic
Reviewed 5 days ago

We only went to see the tar pits so not sure what the museum was like, it was ok. Some of the pits were bubbling, I guess that was neat. Not much to see if you're only going for the pits.

Thank mzaccone
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is difficult to put into words what an interesting place this is to visit. We started at the Lake Tarpit; fascinated but the bubbling tar, sculpture, and story. We wandered around in the Page Museum for a few minutes before watching a 20-minute video...More

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janine m
April 5, 2018|
Response from Robert O | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so -- I didn't see any signs for free wifi and it's not referenced in their site. On that note my cell phone reception at the museum was a bit slow - with text messages delayed.
October 18, 2017|
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Response from JandAinAZ | Reviewed this property |
There is a large parking lot behind the museum. It is not free to park in it though. I think it was $12. You can also park on the streets around it but it is tight around there and there are meters. There is no time limit to... More
August 23, 2017|
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Response from sgathright1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Carol/Joe, Not sure on the lockers at LAX, but being such a big airport, I bet they have something available. Might check the airport website on that one. As far as the Tar Pits are concerned, I think you should have... More