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La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

8.5103 reviews
Sights and Museums, Entertainment, Science Museum, Children's Museum
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5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 763-3499
http://www.tarpits.org/
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The La Brea Tar Pits are the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. They are a physical formation in Los Angeles resulting from tens of thousands of years' worth of asphalt seeping up ... Read more
from reserves far below the earth’s surface. The pits are a goldmine of preserved remains of Ice Age animals that fell into and then could not escape from the tar. Inside, the Page Museum is where the best fossils, animals, and plants that have been discovered here, including mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and dire wolves, are showcased. Visitors can see actual excavators and scientists working on the fossils found in the Tar Pits. The entire tar pits complex is a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially those with young children.

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Longmont, Colorado, USA

There is an exhibit that invites you to “discover what it’s like to be stuck in tar!” That pretty much sums up this amazing place: fascinating and horrifying. You definitely feel for the mammoth‘s they got stuck in oil and then ripped apart by predators but without their sacrifice we would know far less about the Ice Age.

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Mill Creek, Washington, USA

Great museum and excavation sites to discover. Children love walking around and learning a but of history.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of the few parks in LA that is well maintained and clean. Located next to LACMA and has the tar pits as well.

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Bedford, New Hampshire, USA

I can't recommend a visit highly enough to visitors of all ages! The museum is fun and interactive, and provides an amazing look at the city from prehistoric times to the present.

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One of the greatest places for ice-age fossils. All of our kids love it. Make sure you buy a T-Shirt or keepsake....it's tradition!

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San Francisco, California, USA
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If you like prehistoric science, you should check out the La Brea Tar Pits, especially since it's right in the heart of LA. You can see the pits for free, as they are located outside the center.

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Local from Long Beach, California

Great learning experience for the kids. This museum has interesting information that the whole family will love.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Ice Age–fossil excavation site with an adjacent museum, plus a re-created prehistoric garden.

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San Jose, California, USA

This place is the bombdiggity. You get to look at sabre tooth cats and direwolves and such things.

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Encinitas, California

The fascinating La Brea Tar Pits are one of the most famous fossil localities, displaying "Ice Age fossils — including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths — from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits" (tarpits.org). The museum has a collection of more than three million Ice Age specimens.

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The world famous La Brea Tar Pits. Visit the Page Museum while you're there. Just steps awat from LACMA.

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Local from West Covina

It has been over 20 years since I came here. I remember coming here on a field trip in elementary school. I'm back now on free museum day! The line wasn't that bad. You wait and purchase your tickets and explore on your own. This is a smaller museum. There are lots of dire wolves fossils! Make sure to check the fossils lab as you see them hard at work!

PS if you're a teacher, you get free admission too. Yay I can come back for free!

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Local from Los Angeles

Great place for kids to learn and experience what Los Angeles was like during thisbtime period

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Rochester, Minnesota, USA

The tar pits are fun to walk around and see the various tar pits and the work being performed at the actual archaeological/paleontological work being done. There is a mock-up of wolly mammoth statues along the pit lake. As you first approach the tar pits and the pit lake, the asphalt smell is definitely noticeable.

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Manila

Great place for families with kids and/or people aspiring to be Ross. Make a trip to LACMA next door as well.

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Took the kids had a blast such an awesome place to visit. I defiantly will go again

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Fascinating look into the past with both skeletons of Saber toothed cats and mammoths to wolves and birds on display, as well as viewing of the actual digs and preservation.

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San Diego

Very interesting place to visit at least once. Viewing the tar pits is free. The museum is nice but small. Military gets in for free and it's discounted for students. Park on the street, it's a lot cheaper and even free in some spots.

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Local from Greater Los Angeles, California

Awesome to walk around, close to LACMA and The Grove! A fun place to walk around and hang out with friends.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

It was cute. Small place but very interesting. Missed the 3D movie but I think THAT'S the big draw

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