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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow - I had no idea that prehistoric wonders are so easily accessible. Right next to the grounds of LACMA is a wonderland of still bubbling tar pits. The didactic materials at the pits and the directional signage are so helpful and fascinating. The museum...More

Thank CreateConnects
Reviewed 2 days ago

Visited this place with family. We had a fine time and learned a lot. Very interesting museum. The exhibits are first rate. Is not expensive and does not take long to see. Plenty of parking.

Thank sandopdx
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tar pits themselves are fascinating. The museum is cool, too. They do a good job and the things they've found in those pits will amaze you. I've docked a couple of stars for bad location and price. I realize the tar pits are where...More

1  Thank DljUtah
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stopped by while on our way to dinner. About $15 per adult. We were told it would take 30' to visit it - which was all the time we had. It took us 20' to see pretty much all with sufficient pauses. The potential...More

Thank William A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very well done. Unique place. Much better than expected. Beautiful grounds and museum. The pits themselves were well presented and explained

Thank LeWayne G
Reviewed 1 week ago

The pits are in a nice park like setting. There are paved sidewalks and signs all around the outdoor area that you could access for free. The museum we thought was a bit pricey for what little was in there but we understand it also...More

Thank NVtoSF
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely fascinating and so sad. The fact that they are still excavating and finding fossils is incredible in itself. Displays in the museum are nice w/ a lot of docents helping to explain things--mainly for children but will take the time to answer questions fr/...More

1  Thank tencatdaddy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A must see when in LA, but the outdoor tar pits leave a bit to be desired, not quiet like in the movies, some great exhibits in the museum. Have a walk around for free and then decide if you want to pay to go...More

1  Thank Michael C
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been to LA a number of times over the years. This time visited the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Incredibly fascinating place. The museum is comprehensive and informative. You can walk around the grounds for free - and there's a lot to see....More

Thank Chuck R
Reviewed 1 week ago

La Brea Tar Pits was a great time for our family (kids are 4 and 7). There is a great 3D movie that sets the stage for the rest of the visit and the museum is very approachable for young and old. Our visit last...More

Thank JoshInChicago
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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
Russell D
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.