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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 March 24, 2013 via mobile

The museum was small, could do it in an hour, but it was still very interesting and informative. You even get to see an active site. Many fossils to see. Great for the whole family and not expensive.

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Reviewed March 23, 2013

We wanted to visit this place, so after dealing with a lack of signs to locate it, a parking lot was located which wanted to charge us 10 dollars to park (not including admission). By that point, it wasn't worthwhile so we went elsewhere.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

This was a good museum, more for the back-story than what you actually get to see. The movies that the show, and the skit really help put it all into perspective. We've been to many museums, and this one is pretty good in comparison. The tar pits themselves are quite impressive.

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Reviewed March 20, 2013

I have lived in So Cal my entire life and somehow missed out on this gem for decades. What an incredible experience. Our family walked the park and all the tar pits and excavation sites first, (you can watch them actually working daily, 7 days a week). I have such a greater appreciation of the earth and our history visiting Page. Clean and bright and laid out with countless incredible creatures salvaged from the earth right where you stand. Besides the bones and skeletons there are learning videos to watch, workers behind glass sorting through found treasures, plenty of reading history and of course a gift shop. Well worth a visit.

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Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits is only a small museum but if palaeontology is your thing then this is the place to visit.

What is wonderful about the Page Museum is that what you see on display originated from right underneath the ground you a standing on. You can read the interesting story as to the discovery of the fossils and the men responsible for the dedication of the land to scientific research.

Watch as scientists restore and reconstruct bones in what they call the goldfish bowl. A glass walled laboratory where you can observe them whilst they undertake the varying processes involved in recovering remains from animals such as the sabre tooth cat, deer, birds, reptiles and also shells, seed and plants remains.
There are also interactive displays that provide an insight into what it would have felt like to be trapped in tar and try to escape.

Walk around the grounds and you can still see the bubbling tar pits and current projects where they are digging up fossilised remains.

You don't require a lot of time to visit the museum and tar pits but it is well worth a visit if you can spare the time.

Thank missskybird
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