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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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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
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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All reviews ice age dire wolves sabre tooth prehistoric animals excavation site methane gas natural history fascinating place wilshire blvd all ages on display great for kids couple of hours walk around skeleton mammoth bubbling
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Indoor museum portion took 45 minutes, and the outdoor section took another 30 minutes. Great full sized skeletal remains recovered from the tar pits. Active dog site, so it’s cool to see them continue to unearth new specimens. Side note: We got there at 915...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A fascinating place to visit especially for families. The tour was very informative and the 3D Movie was great.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robyn G
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had an hour before our next appointment and spent the time on the grounds. We enjoyed strolling and looking at the exhibits. I would recommend the grounds if you are in need of of a peaceful diversion.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank matchbookdoll
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing discoveries, great pictures of L.A. area 100 years ago, working pits, Tar Pits in the middle of the city amazing, If you into dinosaur's visit this place

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jmjackson2
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A visit to the La Brea Tar Pits is well worth it! It is a great venue for families and the young and old, alike. We experienced the 3-D Ice Age movie and the archaeological tour. Both are highly recommended as a great overview/understanding of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richard A
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an interesting tour with a knowledgeable and personable tour guide. I heard about it early in life, and now I got to see it. It has a nice, comfortable walking tour, and it takes your mind back to the Ice Age. The museum...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank miamiredskin1968
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a Los Angeles native, I am embarrassed that it took me decades to finally visit this place. The museum is excellent, and the guided tours with museum educators are truly worthwhile. You’ll learn a great deal, and you’ll enjoy strolling through the park outside...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I normally don't like museums but this one is special. The tar (asphalt) pits and the museum are super interesting and everything is pretty nicely organized. The staff members were really helpful and friendly, and the free tours were informative and still casual enough for...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank nonfictionexpedition
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first we were only going to look around outside at the park, the excavation dig and the one remaining, occasionally bubbling tar pit. Fascinating. Went to the museum in the end and it was really good. Lots of things from previous digs, a lot...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A walk within the pleasant grounds will allow you to see the main tar pit as well as a current dig and other items of interest. The museum has an entrance fee with discounts for seniors etc . Both grounds and museum are accessible for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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18 October 2018|
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Response from Roberta P | Reviewed this property |
We were there first week in July we saw open digs not sure why you didn’t!
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