La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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atlas993
Elk Grove, CA466 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Family
I don’t know what I expected, but it was less cool than I expected. Our kids are 4 and 9 and they weren’t that interested in any of it. It didn’t help that it was hot the day we went, which made it rough dragging them around to look at the different pits. If you’re in the area, I’d take a quick stop to look at the tar pits, but I don’t know if I would pay the money to go into the museum. It wasn’t worth the cost of admission.
Written 22 December 2021
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jennifera399
Reading, Pennsylvania, United States142 contributions
Jul. 2021
The park is an amazing site to see areas of bubbling asphalt, hidden asphalt, and other areas of tar to learn how the animals were caught off guard, and what animals they found in each area. The museum itself is a must see as you will learn plenty of what prehistoric life was about native to the area. There is a nice garden to walk around the museum as well as a reasonably priced gift shopt.
Written 18 December 2021
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Dean A
Sheffield, UK189 contributions
Nov. 2021
Park and Tar Pits are free to wonder around. Museums charge for entry. Definately worth visiting - the park is pleasant enough, but the Tar pits make is special and worth the trip. Plenty of info boards to tell you what it's all about.
Written 12 December 2021
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Napsterthecat
Huntsville, AL1,069 contributions
Nov. 2021
We had a great time on a Saturday with three adults. We got tickets on line before hand and added the movie which was worth the price. Very educational and enjoyable. It takes 2-3 hours to go through.
Written 23 November 2021
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pjmdvm
Atlanta, GA1,821 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
The outside area is situated in a nice city park. The pits themselves are a little underwhelming, but that is part of their story. Who would think one unassuming "tiny" wet area covered by pine needles and leaves could swallow 27 Columbian Mammoths? They excavated over 100 pits, but have 4-5 for you to view. There are a good number of signs and some equipment to further explain how they dug and what they found/find. We viewed the smallish museum first because of time limitations, but think viewing the outside part first might have made the museum, densely packed with fossils, even more impressive. The museum building is beautiful and has a lot of space to move around the exhibits and a decent sized gift shop. They even have a replica of baby Lyuba one of the most complete wooly mammoth specimen (previously frozen in permafrost) about 42,000 years old found near the Yuribey River on the Yamal Peninsula, Russia in 2007. We were unable to view the movie (again due to time constraints), and they were nice enough to refund that portion of our ticket without us asking. I will definitely plan better to see this if we go back. The parking lot was secure and large. Overall, a smallish but modern, well-done museum and park. I wish they would optimize the lighting with all of the glass around the exhibits since it makes it hard to get a decent photo. We walked a mile over to The Grove for dinner afterwards. The LA County museum of art was also near the tar pits-- we would have gone had we had more time.
Written 18 November 2021
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JS19772017
Kansas City, KS62 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Family
A unique place that you would never think would exist in the middle of LA. The kids loved this visit. The museum is very interesting and explains how the fossils came to be from animals over many years getting stuck in the natural tar in this area. Highly recommended.
Written 21 October 2021
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grangemont
Orofino, ID122 contributions
Aug. 2021
Nice museum and well marked walking path to view the tar pits. The grounds are well kept and the museum offers hand sanitizer.
Very informative
Written 10 October 2021
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Billy Jack
Mesa, AZ8 contributions
Oct. 2021
This was my second visit-- las was about 20 years ago. Loved the "scientists in a fishbowl" concept being able to view the research going on and seeing the actual active pits. around the museum.
Written 2 October 2021
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CHRIS L
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK461 contributions
Sep. 2021
this museum is interested, wierd to see a tar pit right in the heart of LA! tar pits are amazing and the museum was cool. lots of bones and info on animals of the past.
musuem is pretty small and doesnt take too long, there is a 3D movie to watch, but most of the fun is outside at the tar pits.
Written 25 September 2021
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Mamjensen
Modesto, CA465 contributions
Aug. 2021 • Friends
We had a great time at the museum and park. It is amazing what they have pulled out of the ground here and are still extracting! The museum is excellent and small enough to visit in an hour or so. Very worthwhile to come here - and right in the middle of downtown LA!
Written 29 August 2021
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