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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036 (Formerly Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits)
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+1 213-763-3499
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the...

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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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

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Really interesting!

It was really interesting to find out about the Tar Pits. Not something I'd heard of. So strange yet very interesting. I'd definitely go again and recommend a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was really interesting to find out about the Tar Pits. Not something I'd heard of. So strange yet very interesting. I'd definitely go again and recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love art and culture so this was a great place to see both, loved every minute of it, would see it again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting and entertaining. It is very easy to navigate. Also good info and we got to see some of the people doing the actual digging for fossils.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went here with our LA Let's Go passes, so we didn't pay the $19 admission fee each. We spend about 45 minutes here with our 11-year old and loved it, so I am torn about the relatively high price, especially once you factor in parking as well (TIP: park at the little shopping area right up the block past... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Not worth the hype. Quite disappointing. You'll be through the museum section in 30 minutes and all the tours were in the afternoon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Unlike your typical natural history museum, this one is dedicated to the megafauna that once resided in Los Angeles and North America during the ice ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So much to see and learn! The exhibits are stunning! So awesome to learn about our natural history right here in LA. The Mammoths are incredible as are the Dire wolves. I particularly love learning about the Sloth Bears and how they had armor plating - WHAT?!?!?! So cool! A cute little arboretum inside and the fascinating tar pits outside... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting facts within. Only really a brief visit venue. Could do with a cafe. Staff helpful and knowledgeable. The pits around the grounds add a little, but don't expect too much.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must with younger people. They really enjoy all the various activities especially Noah's Ark

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't go on a hot summer day, you'll swelter. All of the pits are bubbling and the tours are outside. Inside the museum are fantastic exhibits for all ages and you can watch the scientists at work, even watch them as they reach down into the tar and clean off items. It's a gem.

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