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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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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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Reviewed 3 days ago

When we visited, we didn't pay to go into the museum. We just walked around the place and read all the information boards, there's still plenty to learn by doing that. And of course we went to the main big pit and probably watched it...More

Thank bmflynn
Reviewed 5 days ago

At the La Brea Tar Pits you can get a real sense of paleontology in action, not just what you saw watching the Jurassic Park movies. There are natural tar pits here that have been trapping unwary creatures for countless thousands of years. Here you...More

Thank 00Bruce00
Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited on a weekday afternoon, after lunch.This was an ideal time, as school groups were leaving, so there were fewer visitors crowding the exhibits. Enjoyed the live tour guide at 1pm. Got to go inside one of the excavation pits that you can only access...More

Thank GiantsFanLosAngeles
Reviewed 5 days ago

Tar has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page...More

Thank Felixstowe2016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The museum provides well displayed fossils and explanations. Staff are available to answer questions and provide details about exhibits. There is a 3D movie which is an additional cost besides the admission price. The park is pretty but the tar pits are the most interesting...More

Thank ilene552015
Reviewed 6 days ago

As a bit of a nerd, me and my family enjoyed seeing the tar pits as we got to glimpse into history. However, as Kansans not used to the smell of tar we were at first a bit overwhelmed.

Thank SamanthaA001
Reviewed 6 days ago

This stop is well worth seeing on your trip to LA. Located very close to downtown, it's an easy side trip that does not require much money or time. The museum is definitely worth seeing, to give you context and information about the site; however,...More

Thank ladygills
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Well, I was not expecting what I saw here at all!!!! This was amazing!!!! O won't go into what I thought the tar pits were but it's a most interesting place. The tar still bubbles up in a very secure fenced in area. There is...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting museum where you can see scientist and excavators at work. It is easy to get to via public transport (bus). On a sunny day it is nice to walk around and see the tar pits first hand. I would advise...More

1  Thank Janet F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing and special piece of history. I traveled to LA when I was 10 years old and visiting the Tar Pits was my most vivid memory of the trip 20 years later. It is definitely a must see spot in LA.

Thank jsg0922
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Russell D
The La Brea Tar Pits and Peterson Automotive Museum are pretty close. Although I have been there before, it has been years and things change. Does anyone know of parking that would be convenient to both?
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.
Do you have to pay to see the tar pits or just the museum - or is it all one thing?
2 April 2017|
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Response from Zach D | Reviewed this property |
You can walk around inside the park for free and see tar pits. You only have to pay for parking and for entering the museum.
is there a Metro stop near the museum
1 January 2017|
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Response from AzzaRich | Reviewed this property |
Not sure sorry, hired a car during our visit to LA. Try google maps and turn on the public transport filter in the main menu. This should show all public transport routes and stations/stops.