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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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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
Central L.A
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the kids to the tar pits on the way back from Beverly Hills. Quite interesting place with a well curated museum. Plenty of skeletons supported by info. Good parking (costs $12) and you still have to pay for entry (another $12 per adult), but...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

pretty fun to watch and enjoy. kids got bored towards the end though. Lots of sights to see. I thought it was very and enjoyable. Great for family's!!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way to San Diego, we stopped by at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum. Its right in the middle of the city, and erected at the site of pre-historic tar pits from 10,000 - 50,000 years ago. The Sprawling campus has many "active...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited La Brea tar pits and museum in November and had an amazing time. It was really well worth visiting. Amazing to see the tar still bubbling up gasses. Fantastic place for all ages. Highly recommend a visit. Great price for entry and the...More

Thank dsmbp
Reviewed 1 week ago

For a quick drop in, it's worth seeing the tar pits. We would have benefited to see more in the museum to understand it all but we had limited time, so we dropped by and saw what we could. Pretty cool! I bet the museum...More

Thank LetsMaketheMostofIt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Highly recommended for a visit. Entry to the park is free, and it is a nice place to walk around. It's worth paying the entry fee for the museum, and the movie (extra cost) is worth seeing too. It is a great place to visit...More

Thank simonkX9694QI
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Wife has always had a fascination with fossils...I decided to take her here during a business trip...She really enjoyed the tour...There are over 5 million fossils that have been excavated to date and the exhibits are interesting and interactive...We had a great time and...More

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This remains one of my favourite places to visit. Reasonable admission price. I recommend paying the additional 5 - for the movie. Good for all ages. Make sure you walk around the park as well.

Thank Annemarie N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took my family and they enjoyed the terriifc living learning experience. The science behind the research was terrific as well.. Worth the trip.

Thank Miusa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There was a good range of exhibits giving good information about what went on in this area for 1000's of years. Entertaining program, but good organization allowing comfortable viewing by 6 of us with no complaints.

Thank PhxSpeak
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18 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
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20 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.