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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 today

This was truly a unique experience. Where else have you seen a tar pit? It is amazing to imagine what LA must have looked like 4-5 thousand years ago and to think about all the animals that became trapped in the tar - allowing them...More

Thank Helen K
Reviewed yesterday

You can spend 20 minutes here or six hours here. We didn't go instead the museum but walked through the park and saw the pits. Very very cool. There are posters up everywhere explaining everything. Plenty of street parking nearby.

Thank Doug D
Reviewed 2 days ago

The museum is quite expensive and did not offer as much as I had anticipated. It's better to simply roam the grounds.

Thank Crash P
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's really cool to see an active tar pit and excavation site in the heart of Los Angeles. This was my favorite jogging grounds when I first moved here. Known as the Miracle Mile, this place has seen high rises all around it. It still...More

1  Thank Dustin F
Reviewed 4 days ago

The La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum is a must do activity for everyone. Who would have believed that these tar pits in the middle of Los Angeles would yield such a trove of prehistoric fossils. The story behind how these animals lived...More

Thank Larry T
Reviewed 4 days ago

Fascinating place - tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Be prepared for the smell - it is tar after all. See some active dig sites as well as watch people in the lab prepare artifacts

Thank Sabrasworld
Reviewed 4 days ago

A very impressive and enjoyable paleontological museum, with active excavations in progress much of the year, and an analysis lab on the premises. NOT dinosaurs but ice-age fossils like sabertooth tiger, dire wolf, ground sloth, and long-extinct new world horses and camels. The tar pits...More

Thank Roy-Tto
Reviewed 4 days ago

I found this place quite enthralling. They have a range of exhibits which were extracted from the tar pits over the last century - mammoths, sabre tooth tigers being the most memorable. The video is informative as it give a view of how they have...More

Thank Gerry K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We came to the tar pits as we had heard about them from other friends who visited from Australia and have to say... we had a brilliant time! So much can be seen without having to pay an admission fee (unheard of in Australia) and...More

Thank Alinom6
Reviewed 5 days ago

Not a must see to me, but an interesting perspective on the history of the tar pits in LA. Many pre-historic animals were trapped in the tar pits leaving thousands of bones behind.

Thank sgathright1
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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.
1 January 2017|
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Response from Amanda R | Reviewed this property |
You need to take a bus from the Wiltshire station (purple line). My recommendation is to take an Uber or Lyft there. Otherwise the Yellow Tour hop on hop off bus stops nearby.