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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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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

If you are in LA, you should definitely visit the tar pits. I recommend going into the museum first to learn more about what you will be seeing outside when you walk through the park. In the museum, be sure to watch the scientists doing...More

Thank Julie B
Reviewed 3 days ago

This reviewer, on this visit, just walked through the park after a visit to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was struck by the wonderful urban activity in the park. A visit to the Museum eight years ago proved a five-star experience. This...More

Thank John H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our tour stopped here for about 15 min. it was neat to see tar pit's. You wait long enough and you will see it boil up out of the ground. this is a working Historical place for fossils... We did not get to go into...More

Thank Paul H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was an interesting and inexpensive place. My 9 year old loved to see all the animals and other skeletons we never knew about. Feel the thick tar and visit the pits being excavated.

Thank WinnsAve
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tar pits, really asphalt pits are very interesting. It is amazing to learn that over 5 million fossils have been recovered from the pits. Everything from small insects and shellfish to mastodons and saber tooth tigers. We toured the museum and the pits in...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first trip here and I have to say we expected to only stay 30 Minutes or so. However once we arrived and then entered the museum we were very impressed at the offerings available to us. Not only the displays but also...More

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's hard to imagine this place existing right in the middle of downtown. The La Brea Tar Pits are one of the most famous fossil localities. We get to explore the world’s only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Museum is a wide...More

1  Thank Sally T
Reviewed 1 week ago

LBTP has a Late Night Friday behind-the-scenes tour of their Fossil Lab.  Since we were going to be in LA on a Friday, we reserved tickets.  A lab tech first showed us their large collection of various fossilized sabertooth skulls, huge mammoth bones, turtle shells & bison horns...More

1  Thank OTR_Again_IM
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Right in the middle of downtown, and with easy parking and access ... we found this attraction totally fascinating. The park is pleasant and intriguing, and offers an insight into the LA of 100 years ago when it was all oil wells. The museum is...More

Thank Tonymf
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is well worth one trip/visit. Lots to see and over the years its changes (exhibit-wise) , so if you haven't been there for a while, go one back and they'll be more and different things to see.

Thank Joel B
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janine m
5 April 2018|
Response from Robert O | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so -- I didn't see any signs for free wifi and it's not referenced in their site. On that note my cell phone reception at the museum was a bit slow - with text messages delayed.
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