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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
+1 213-763-3499
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Easy to find, follow your nose! The tar pits are well presented and not as big as I expected it is still worth a visit. You can enter the grounds for free but to explore the Museum there is a charge. It was my wife...More

Thank NewieTraveller
Reviewed 2 days ago

I wasn't really sure about going but my husband wanted to check it out. Be prepared to pay $12 for parking. We walked around the museum and grounds and was so interested and had multiple questions so we decided to stay for the guided tour....More

Thank famw2girls
Reviewed 2 days ago

we visited the tar and it did not take long to get round/ Maybe we expected more. he only time we had seen the tar pits was on Volcano The Movie LOL

Thank ukguyz
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent museum with many nice exhibits. It is set up quite well and very educational. The active tar pits and active excavations are so interesting. Absolutely worth the time and cost to attend. Of course, parking is not free, but it is still worth visiting...More

Thank g3times
Reviewed 3 days ago

Over three million fossils have been found here, mainly dinosaurs, who were trapped in the tar, thousands of years ago.. There are also life sized replicas of these extinct mammals which are located in the still bubbling tar pits. There are no guided tours, and...More

Thank 484karlc
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great museum, the kids thoroughly enjoyed their visit and were awe struck by the many artefacts and different types of prehistoric animals and plants being found right where they were standing. They could not get over some of the bones found in tat and asked...More

Thank MedusasRiot
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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!

1  Thank Jacqueline B
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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.