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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum: Tours & Tickets

Open Now: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

In both of my last trips to LA I’ve been to the tar pits by chance and I really like place. It’s a peaceful park, has a distinct scent (that some may not like but I do) and there’s just something calming about watching the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank ewamaine
Reviewed 3 days ago

I remember this place from TV in the 60s and so wanted to visit. I wasn't disappointed. if you have the slightest interest in real fossils and ancient history you need to visit this place

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Friar-1962
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Cool place to visit... snap shot of our past... good place for families to visit, it’s not Hollywood, actually its better, it’s real !

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Stuart-Labak
Reviewed 4 days ago

Its not very big, so adults might be a little disappointed but it's so very interesting and there is heaps for kids to keep them interested.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lorraine C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Really nice, spacious museum. My son is 2 years and he really enjoyed looking at the models, fossils, and playing with some of the interactive stuff. I really enjoyed the museum too. It isn’t too big, but the exhibits were well done and very cool....More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank hilo88
Reviewed 6 days ago

Worth a quick visit in central LA, nice staff, very helpful, and can be tied in with other things to do in teh area.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Nigel A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First of all- there is a lot to see in the surrounding park and it is free of cost! You truly forget that you’re in a bustling city while here. The whole park and museum is very educational. The museum offers student and senior discounts....More

Thank 2010mikester44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An on-site museum housing and featuring the millions of fossils excavated in the nearby tar pits (which are inaccurately named, as was repeatedly explained to us). All around excellent. There are Imax shows, live saber tooth puppet show, a mummified baby mammoth, lots of huge...More

Thank BassemPrime
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic and interesting, you can look into a pit and see the actual skull of a saber tooth tiger... what could be better then that! Museum is well worth the price and not to be missed

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank dudoldve
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent a beautiful early autumn Sunday at this very worthwhile institution with my wife, our adult daughter and her 3 young children only one of whom is already in school. The complex spoke to all three generations. There were informative signs and staff, a 3D...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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If I remember correctly, most areas are.
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Response from motorcar1 | Reviewed this property |
There is a nice Starbucks down the street and many others cafes and coffee shops. The Petersen Auto Museum has a real nice coffee shop and it’s nearby.
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Chantelle M
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Response from 367john | Reviewed this property |
Depending on the age of the group I suggest 2 hours plus. If you take part in any of the guided activities or watch the movie then allow more. For food we recommend going up Fairfax Ave for a few blocks to the LA Farmers... More
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