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“Tar Pits”

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 #19 of 559 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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London, United Kingdom
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“Tar Pits”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Really worth seeing, a very interesting museum and a much needed difference from the rest of L.A.. This is an amazing look back in time

Visited October 2013
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fairfield, ct
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“Worth a visit!”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

The La Brea Tar Pits is situated within a lovely park where the family can walk around and see the several tar pits, some of which are still being excavated. The pits also have interesting signs that give you some history of when they discovered and what fossils were pulled from them. The museum is really interesting and worth visiting, the kids will especially enjoy the saber toothed cat and mastodon fossils. There are a couple of dated animatronic figures as well, and you can look inside the work lab where fossils are cleaned and catalogued. The whole visit will take about 60-90 minutes, depending on how interested you are. College students get a discount! Finally, it isn't the most handicapped friendly place to visit and museum is elevated and is a long stairstep walk up.

Visited November 2013
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Allamuchy, New Jersey
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“A great look back in time”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Page Museum located in La Brea Tar Pits is a must see in LA. The museum house a number of discovered pre-historic Dino bones. It seems that the underlying asphalt deposits preserved many thousands of ancient bones. Many of these skeletons are found within the museum along with two interesting movies which explain the origins and implications of the tar pit discoveries. If you check ahead you may find the one day each month for free entry and discounted parking.

Visited October 2013
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Palm Coast, Florida
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“See tar pits without going into museum”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Found out you don't need to purchase tickets at Page Museum to see the tar pits, which are free to the public. The museum had artifacts on display if you really must see them. There was no work going on when we were there but it was a nice stroll around the little lake.

Visited October 2013
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“Fascinating Living Archaeology!”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

This is the best thing we have visited in LA so far. The museum is fascinating with lots of fossils and bones on display. Sadly there was no one working in the fish bowl lab or dig sites when we visited, but there were information signs and 'work in progress' on display. A great place for big and little kids alike!

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