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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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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 yesterday via mobile

We really are fascinated by fossils but are used to those found I stone. The tar pits actually preserve them as bone. Who knew there were 6 foot sloths that existed. Fun and interactive exhibits. The bubbling tar outside was fascinating. Fun area to learn...More

Thank amber1127
Reviewed yesterday

What a great place to spend some time and sew the tar pits, better called the asphalt pits. Lots of great information as well as the pits. We did not have the time to go into the museum but the outside was like a museum...More

Thank gdel64
Reviewed 3 days ago

A relatively short visit place with a lot of tar pit casualties on display. Mammoths and Saber Tooth tigers well represented. Research digging gives a constant supply of bones.The tar pits themselves are still been excavated and still catching animals. An interesting couple of hours...More

Thank Tonyisleham
Reviewed 4 days ago

We made just a quick stop to see the tar pits (no cost to walk in the park!), there are several informational signs around telling about the tar pits so if you don't have a lot of time, you can do a quick visit for...More

Thank JCAJCrew
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our tour guide for the outside pits was great, took all the questions. Worked with the kids and really listened to them. Without her we would have no idea what the pits were about and what it took to find the bones in there. Very...More

Thank Sissy581
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really awesome to see such an amazing active excavation site. You won’t need to be here more than an hour, maybe two so it’s the perfect pit stop, with The Grove nearby etc.

Thank Nimesh J
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go back in time to the ice age at the La Brea (tar in Spanish) tar pits, where saber tooth tigers got trapped and preserved in the tar pits - it's actually oil. The tar pits are in a park like setting and there is...More

Thank Howard S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saber tooth tigers and wooley mammoths, oh my! This is a fascinating place to wander and the museums are interesting. Be wary of the oozing tar that is percolating throughout the park.

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 1 week ago

The area around the Brea tar pits had undergone a revamp in recent years, so the park is pretty nice. The tar pits are sprouting all over the park but the tar pits are full of rubbish. It just doesn't do them justice.

Thank grubs
Reviewed 1 week ago

We lived in California years back and we have never visited the La Brea Tar Pits until now. The price of admission is completely worth the amount of work that has gone into this museum. To make things more affordable, military members receive free admission....More

Thank Melia808
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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.