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“Treasure in my own back yard” 5 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 #18 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
Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews
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“Treasure in my own back yard”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

I can't believe it took me 6 years to come to this museum. It is right in my neighborhood. The grounds are terrific, but the museum itself is Awesome! Some of the films and exhibits are a little cartoonish, but that is to engage youngsters. This is a place for everyone.

Visited November 2011
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“Thousands of Very Cool Fossils”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

The approach to this museum will take you near a bubbling pit of tar from which thousands of fossils continue to be recovered. This place is way to cool to see in an hour better two or three as there are actually two museums here and plenty of things to see on the grounds

Visited September 2012
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Ntexas
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“Great Outing for Kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

Just like jumping back to the Ice Age. A great display of prehistoric animals taken from the actual tar pits around the museum itself. The whole area seems like a real Disney set not a made up fake version

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Old relics in a modern city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

There is a mixture of oil and methane forming a tar pit from which prehistoric relics of animals regularly appear. The museum is very interesting with films to watch and a gift shop. It is like a mini natural history museum! Not expensive, disabled friendly and knowledgeable staff. Well worth a visit.

Visited September 2012
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Syracuse, Utah, USA
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“Who knew”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

It is a very interesting place to visit. I enjoyed learning about the history of how the tar pits came to be located in Los Angeles. It isn't the most exciting place to visit. I don't think my teenagers would enjoy it. The only negative thing is the smell. You can smell the tar from far away.

Visited June 2012
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