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“A little disappointing but still interesting” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Ranked #17 of 536 things to do in Los Angeles
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Canberra, Australia
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A little disappointing but still interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

We were expecting a little more from the Page Museum to be honest. We didn't find the exhibits to be very engaging and the whole museum seemed a little tired and in need of updating.

It was interesting to visit the pit outside and learn about current excavations and we were also interested in learning about the history of the area, but I don't think we would bother to visit again. It seems like they could do so much more with this museum to make it more enticing for adults and children alike. It is still maybe worth a short visit for those who are particularly interested in the Ice Age.

Visited November 2011
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“Facinating Museum with Beautiful Grounds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2011

We parked on the street for free and very close to the entrance - already a plus . The grounds leading in to the museum are beautiful, and it's quiet and peaceful which is amazing considering the busy area that it is situated in.

Several different viewing areas on the grounds allow you to see the ongoing search for fossils in the tar. Very interesting, The displays are well marked and educational.

The inside museum has a sort of mini tarpit display with a hands on experience to help you grasp what it was like when animals walked into these tarpits.

The recreations of the pre-historic animals are phoenominal.

The entry price is reasonable, staff very helpful, bathrooms clean, many interesting exhibits

Cons: None I can think of...

Visited December 2010
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redondo beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Great for kids”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2011

We always go there after the Peteresen it is right around the corner

Visited October 2011
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Sydney,
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“Fantastic find in the heart of L.A.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2011

Spent half a day at the La Brea Tar Pits and museum after seeing it on TV a few months earlier. This place is amazing, the fact that tar seeps up through the ground at random locations in the centre of LA is bizarre! The endless amount of Ice Age fossils still being found there is amazing. Great guided tour and exhibits. Well worth the trip to reality as opposed to the fake movie theme parks. Kids will love it. If they had somewhere on the grounds to buy food we didnlt see it, but a short walk found great places for lunch.

Visited September 2011
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Geelong, Australia
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“Very cool”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2011

Featured in movies like Volcano, this place is pretty cool. Lots to see and do.

Visited December 2010
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