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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
+1 213-763-3499
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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 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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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Small museum with multiple pits throughout the grounds. Amazes me what it must have been like to do the excavation 100 years ago. Super cool to see the bones that have come out of the pits. Also extremely educational regarding the creatures that walked that...More

Thank chrish77
Reviewed yesterday

It was really interesting to see something like this. Seeing history in the present and seeing the discovery of this area was very interesting.

Thank Stacie P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a very cool place, I definitely recommend checking this out if you are in the area. What I didn’t expect was a strong tar smell upon entering the tar pit grounds. Lots of different bones have been excavated from the pits. There’s a...More

Thank gareauk
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great visit with the family. Active tar pits that are still bubbling and you can smell the tar. Museum had great exhibits with lots of fossils especially direwolves. Definitely a museum to take the kids to.

Thank klbrownee
Reviewed 3 days ago

Had always wanted to visit. Staff make it a pleasant experience. So much history! Needed a wheelchair and it was promptly provided.

Thank barongruda
Reviewed 5 days ago

As a retired geologist, this was high on my must see places in LA. The museum is outstanding and you can actually watch real paleontologists working on bones trapped by the tar. Watch the bubbles of methane burst into the air. And, this helps explain...More

Thank Thesaguaro
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are a number of museums around the world with complete skeletons and fossils, but this is the only one I know that has the fossil beds on site with the museum and in the middle of a major city. It is really worthwhile but...More

Thank JRNSydney_Australia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here and were lucky enough that it was a free day, so interesting and so glad we got to see it. I'd recommend people see it, how much people have found from in these pits it's mind boggling.

Thank CoasterNerdett
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ended up not paying for the museum, just parking, but just wandered around the park. It was interesting to see the tar bubble, and think of the dinosaurs who had gotten caught in the sticky mess and perished. I was particularly intrigued by the...More

Thank cecesimms
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fun few hours to spend with the family or even by yourself. It’s one of those places you can spend an hour or so in or 3-4 depending on your interest level. There are lots of exhibits to see inside and it...More

Thank JandAinAZ
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19 October 2017|
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Response from JandAinAZ | Reviewed this property |
There is a large parking lot behind the museum. It is not free to park in it though. I think it was $12. You can also park on the streets around it but it is tight around there and there are meters. There is no time limit to... More
24 August 2017|
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Response from sgathright1 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Carol/Joe, Not sure on the lockers at LAX, but being such a big airport, I bet they have something available. Might check the airport website on that one. As far as the Tar Pits are concerned, I think you should have... More
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21 April 2017|
Response from Kelley J | Reviewed this property |
My family did both and we parked at the Tar Pits parking lot and walked across the park to Peterson. There is also a parking garage directly behind the museum too.