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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 yesterday

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
Reviewed yesterday

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 3 days 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
Reviewed 3 days ago

I am glad we made time for this museum. It is pricey to park ($15), but we lucked out and were there on a Tuesday, which has free admission. I had heard of this place before we visited, but had no idea it was in...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank lburke19
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a really interesting place to visit. Free on the first Tuesday of the month. The tour guide was very good, and interesting

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank travelbug1261
Reviewed 1 week ago

I’m really glad we squeezed in a trip to this unique area. We took a guided tour that’s free with your admission. We got a lot more out of it with this tour.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Brooke G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had no idea that tar was a naturally occurring substance that was mined. There were interesting facts like this and, of course, the animals who got stuck through the years. The exhibit building had an area where I could watch people clean the animal...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Aquazoo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard of the tar pits,I think it was on the Simpsons. We did not realise it was in the middle of the city. We were on a hop hop off bus when we spotted it on the tour map. An excellent exhibition and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank andylDorset
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So I didn't actually pay for admission, on account of not having enough time to explore the whole area. But just from walking around the building's perimeter, you can still experience the majesty of the smelly asphalt death traps, and for only 0/15ths of the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank benofalltrades22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I actually visited in June 2018, however due to travelling all over the world for the last 18 months, I am just in the process of writing all the reviews. What’s really interesting about this place is that there’s a park which is completely free...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Inspire787185
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Response from Statenali | Reviewed this property |
If I remember correctly, most areas are.
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Chantelle M
1 February 2019|
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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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