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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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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
Central L.A
+1 213-763-3499
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All reviews ice age dire wolves sabre tooth prehistoric animals excavation site natural history fascinating place wilshire blvd all ages on display great for kids couple of hours walk around skeleton mammoth asphalt bubbling
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We paid to go into the museum and see the exhibits, but you can see the tar pits without having to pay, as it's a public park. It was interesting and the kids loved watching the activity from the main pit. There are a few...More

Thank MelanieOep
Reviewed 2 days ago

This was my first time visiting this place. It was very nice. A unique part of LA history. It Combines history and science and there is a lot to see. From the tar pits to the museum to the bubbling pond. It is all cool...More

Thank Brian S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fantastic and fascinating museum.Well worth a visit whilst in LA.It is amazing seeing the active tar pits in such a built up area.

Thank melissamcc3
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first time in LA and this was on our list as our children (now adults) had read about it, watched documentaries about it and generally loved it. And so do did when we came here. The free part can keep you interested for quite...More

Thank Gonefishingx
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with family including 16, 15 and 13 year old. Cost approx $65 or £50 to get in, and have to say it wasn’t worth it at all. Lasted less than an hour. The museum itself was very dated and clearly haven’t been updated since...More

Thank Rutland_boy123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you like fossils, dinosaurs, tar pits, etc., this is for you! When you first enter the grounds, you can smell and see the tar pits that have been bubbling and continues to bubble for hundreds of years. And, scientists continue to discover and unearth...More

Thank rossgool
Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't even have to go into the pay-to-visit museum to see many (free) active pits and recreated skeletons and animals.

Thank AdventureTraveler113
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Tar Pits are a great educational experience in LA. The museum focuses exclusively on the animals that roamed the LA basin 10-50 Thousand Years Ago. It was very cool to see the comparison of the area back then compared to the sprawling Metropolitan area...More

Thank Tracy W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not really a lot to do here but look at exhibits. I’d always wanted to see the pits. I was satisfied with them but was ready to go in less than 30 minutes.

Thank NikeofNargothrond
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small museum and there isn't a lot to see, but we have been here multiple times. I always refer out of town visitors to this place, because it's well done and super interesting.

Thank Departure716649
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18 October 2018|
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Response from Roberta P | Reviewed this property |
We were there first week in July we saw open digs not sure why you didn’t!
janine m
5 April 2018|
Response from Robert O | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so -- I didn't see any signs for free wifi and it's not referenced in their site. On that note my cell phone reception at the museum was a bit slow - with text messages delayed.
18 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