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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was definitely worth the time to see a very unique and interesting place. Videos were informative and the outside portion was enjoyable as well. We combined it with a trip to the Peterson auto museum a few blocks away. A short inexpensive Uber ride...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank orangebowl2014
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was wonderful experience viewing all the pits with the sticky asphalt and bubbling gas from underground oil depisits.You can watch them escavate fossils at pit 91.The museum has wonderful displays of Dire wolves, Mammoths, Saber tooth cats and much more. You can also watch...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Donna H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We brought our 8 year old grandson and he wasn't impressed. The adults found the info very fun. Lots to see and read about in terms of the history involved, the tar pits outside are facinating to see and envision what the creatures found here...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank rschmitt73
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful. We loved the Dire wolves and all other creatures. So many species. Another world. Also saw fossil cleaners and preparers at work. Pit 91 is the active pit.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Eileen O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I didn’t know what to expect from La Brea Tar Pits, aside from the famous mammoth statues. I must say, it is easily one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. The indoor portion itself isn’t too large, although there is an interesting...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were able to visit the tar pits whilst at the auto museum nearby. Really lovely area. Tar pits are super interest. We walked around the pits as this is free. We did go to the museum as the information and pits is good enough.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Lorna and Matth... C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a real enjoyable time at the la bra tar pits. I went with small children and we decided not to go into the museum. We stayed outside and enjoyed the park.we so enjoyed the grounds and rolled down the hills. We felt safe...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Linnea W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Weird place, a must-see kind of thing. I don't think I know of such a place anywhere else, there has to be somewhere, but not as accessible as this, the middle of LA!

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank LesW305
NHMLAC, Manager at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi LesW305 thank you for your review. Yes, we definitely have a uniqueness. I mean not all cities have "tar" oozing to the surface in the middle of it and Ice Age animals being excavated. It's kind of our thing.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't know what to expect in the middle of the city, but the tar pits are amazing part of Los Angeles history. Some of the pit's are large, some are small. The museum is amazing and clean, as was the entire grounds.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 5thman
Reviewed 1 week ago

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum was worth a visit if your interested in archaeology and history. Very well set up and interesting. This site is next to the Los Angeles County Art Museum. And walking distance to the Original Farmers market where you can...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank lorriskinner
NHMLAC, Manager at La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi lorriskinner, thank you for your review. We are happy you were able to visit the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. There are a lot of things to do right in our area, and it's easy to spend the day over here.

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Response from Statenali | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, most areas are.
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Response from motorcar1 | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice Starbucks down the street and many others cafes and coffee shops. The Petersen Auto Museum has a real nice coffee shop and it’s nearby.
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Chantelle M
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Response from 367john | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the age of the group I suggest 2 hours plus. If you take part in any of the guided activities or watch the movie then allow more. For food we recommend going up Fairfax Ave for a few blocks to the LA Farmers... More
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