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“Educational and fascinating”

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles
Ranked #21 of 590 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Wife went on the silly Hollywood tour and we went to theater pits.spent about two hours there ,could have spent more.
Fantastic

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Good, rather than very good but really worth a visit. Interesting facts, good displays, a little expensive but glad that I visited.

Thank TriciaBY
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Amazing fossils in the middle of LA, The world's richest source of Ice Age remains and it's right in the middle of a city. I found it fascinating and the talk given by the young researchers with their animatronic, lifelike sabre tooth was not to be missed.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We visited on an October Saturday. Parking on weekends is a flat $7 fee. Parking spaces are SMALL, and we had difficulty finding a spot because at least 2 larger vehicles were parked such that they used up 2 spaces.

We walked up the nearest set of steps, only to find that we were in an atrium and needed to walk down the other side to reach the entrance - more helpful signage to find the front door would have been appreciated.

The entrance fee was $12 per adult. The museum has several interesting exhibits and a short film that was very informative. You can watch scientists cleaning up and labeling fossils in the Fishbowl Lab.

We left the museum and walked around the park. Pit 91 was open for viewing, but in October, the scientists are not working, so that was disappointing.

My recommendations - go early in the day to make parking easier and earlier in the season, when they are actively working in Pit 91.

Thank smm628
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

I studied geology, but that is not enough. I also grew up 40 miles from here, and always wanted to go there. This is a cool place. It is all about ancient bones stuck in tar/oil in the middle of downtown Los Angeles...but it is real! Sabre toothed cats, Ancient elephant-like creatures, etc...just no dinosaurs....nice exhibits, parking is ok, just get there early.

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