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“Fossils and Geology in the Middle of LA!”

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Ranked #17 of 542 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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Tierra Verde, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fossils and Geology in the Middle of LA!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I suspect that a lot of people walk or drive by the La Brea Tar Pits - maybe take a look over the fence - and think they've seen it all. Slow down! This is more than a place where some animals got stuck in the asphalt. It's a geological time capsule unlocking some of the mysteries of the past. The Page Museum is the repository and education center that houses thousands of fossils, a number of outstanding exhibits, and explanations of the area's history. Adults and kids of all ages will love it, especially the animatronic re-creations of extinct and exotic creatures. Guided tours are available and the friendly staff roams around answering questions. A continuously running short film provides a well done summary of the history of La Brea Ranch and fossil excavations. On site parking is very convenient and affordable. If you're in the area, this is a worthwhile attraction, especially if combined with a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Visited January 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent, educational, and entertaining step back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

This museum was lots of fun to visit. The displays were informative and beautiful. There was a quick film that gave an overview of the tar pits and the museum. And there were scientists at work sifting through materials to find bones and other items of interest. Staff wandered around answering questions to ensure that visitors get the most out of the experience.

Visited December 2012
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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Awesome!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

Always wanted to visit this place. Finally got the chance. Not what I thought (better), based on that movie "Encino Man" (LOL, sorry..).

I am always interested in CA and LA history, this has lots of both. Everyone should visit the Tar Pits (Brea is Spanish for tar pit). Check it out!

Visited May 2012
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Corona del Mar, California
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“Kinda creepy, but cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2013

This museum about the tar pits is awesome. You see the videos on how and why there are so many bones in this area. Many of the displays are animated, all have placards for reading, really well done. An announcement of a docent tour provided us much more information and the guide answered all of our group's questions. The docents are awesome! Many discounts for admission, just ask. Next to LACMA, go see the boulder and kelp spaghetti while you are there. Can eat at LACMA.

Visited December 2012
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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“There animals really existed”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Until, I visited the tar pits, I had never seen real remains of saber-tooth cats, nor wooly mammoths. This exhibit made those almost mythical creatures come "alive" for me, and underscored how much flora and fauna changes over time.

Visited December 2012
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