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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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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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  • Average9%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Super interesting museum, spectacular, offers an easy and understandable way of learning about the tar pits. You`ll need a few hours to go around but it's absolutely worth it. Well explained and well organized.

1  Thank Judit E
Reviewed 5 days ago

The experience is something I am extremely glad I had and get to check it off my bucket list. It didn't take long to go through everything and the cost of parking was a bit high.

Thank Alexis R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, there were creatures living in the Los Angeles area ten thousand years ago - not dinosaurs, but other amazing ones, such as giant mammoths and saber-toothed tigers. Great for the little ones.

1  Thank traveledfordecades
Reviewed 1 week ago

As a native born LA person - I have been visiting this place for years and years. They just keep making it better. Lots to see and do and you can sit on the lawn for free!

Thank Jacqueline B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a morning at the Tar Pits before doing an afternoon tour of LA. The La Brea Tar Pits & Museum were fantastic. Well worth the price of admission.

Thank AmandaH662014
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just really well done. My husband and I spent a little bit of time walking the grounds before the museum opened and then went into the museum. It is just fascinating to be able to see volunteers looking through the fossils. There were...More

Thank URspider03
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've wanted to come here ever since I was a kid and while studying Geology at uni and today I finally got my chance and I wasn't disappointed. Firstly you can wander around outside for free looking at the bubbling tar (or should I say...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed this museum. It is set up nicely and you learn a lot about Paleontology and Earth Science. We spent three and one half hours and at a leisurely pace saw most, but not all of the events and exhibits. I definitely recommend paying...More

Thank cabtah
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just stopped by to see the pits outside. Stinky, but cool to see. Our teen girls weren't interested in going inside, but thought they were neat to see. Lots of room on the grounds for a picnic.

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating visit to see actual archeologists still looking for fossils. Oil still bubbles to the surface with a sulphuric smell. We went into the museum, reasonably priced. Dinosaur bones and life size animals fill the museum. A few animal models even move.

Thank ROMENTraveler2014
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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.
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.