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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
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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 May 8, 2013

I am so glad the original owner of this property had the foresight 100 years ago to preserve this area as a museum. Nice grounds, easy location. There is publlic parking behind the location and you can also park at the LAMARC parking lot across street. Just go to LAMARC ticket center and pay $10 for all day. Take the 30 minute tour, free on tuesdays, very informative and you get to see active excavation sites for fossils. The history is really cool too. We actually got to see them recover a piece of deer fossil on the tour. We did not pay to go inside museum because the outside was free. I feel like we got everything we wanted to see without paying for museum access.

Thank nawirl
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

This place wasn't on our 'must do' list in LA, however was interesting. I did not know much about the history, but the museum is informative. It has some GREAT animatronics (haha!)

It was interesting to see the lab and work in progress.

Take a walk through the gardens even if you don't go inside.

Thank Elle W
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

The La Brea tar pits are like an anomaly sitting beside a major thoroughfare in the bustling city of Los Angeles. From Wilshire Boulevard you can see the main pit full of asphalt with large bubbles of gas coming to the surface every now and then with a "Whoosh" sound. It smells like a newly paved tar road. In the same lake are models of some of the animals that have been extracted in past years.

There are quite a few pits in La Brea Park. It doesn't cost anything to visit the pits as the park is open to the public. It is a nice place to wander around. The only cost involved is if you visit the adjacent Page Museum, which documents the history of the tar pits and has various skeletal remains plus educational displays and animatronics. There is also a viewing area where you can see scientists at work as they clean and classify the remains. A nice little aside is the atrium which is like a mini rainforest complete with ponds filled with fish and tortoises.

Visiting the museum is cheap - only $12 for adults (2013 price). It is free on the first Tuesday of the month (except July and August.)

You can get there as a stop on the Starline hop on-hop off bus or catch a local bus which stops nearby.

Worth a visit. LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and the Petersen Auto Museum are very close as well.

Thank Roddlez
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

This was on my childhood bucket list... and I was ecstatic when I had some free time to stop by the Tar Pits during a recent business trip to LA.

After all these years of anticipation, the tar pits did not disappoint my expectations!

Make sure you walk the entire property and appreciate the working areas of the complex, and watch all of the videos in the musuem as they really help explain (and dispel some myths) about what happened at the Tar Pits and how complex the excavation effort is.

So if you're even causally into dinos, don't miss this stop while in LA, you won't be sorry!!

P.S. - One quick tip/point.... you can walk the grounds and see the pits and working areas for free. Only the museum costs money. I think the museum is worth it, but if the cost is an issue, stop by and just view the pits and working excavation areas... it's still worth it!!

Thank OutdoorValleyForge
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

The have the best collection of ice age fossils in the world. Not only were the exhibits interesting, but you also get to watch the archeologists at work in the 'fishbowl' lab.
Everything was really well explained.

Thank HildegardeG
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