La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

At the only active Ice Age excavation site in the world, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, you can see ancient fossils that have been discovered below the museum itself, right in the heart of Los Angeles. Plants and animals, like dire wolves, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats, are on display. You can also witness paleontologists at work in the Fossil Lab. While the height of excavation at Rancho La Brea occurred in the early 20th century, scientists are still uncovering more fossils at this site, and the museum continues to grow and educate the public on its discoveries and methods. A visit to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Los Angeles route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • It was an interesting tour with a knowledgeable and personable tour guide. I heard about it early in life, and now I got to see it. It has a nice, comfortable walking tour, and it takes your mind back...  more »
  • As a Los Angeles native, I am embarrassed that it took me decades to finally visit this place. The museum is excellent, and the guided tours with museum educators are truly worthwhile. You’ll learn a ...  more »
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  • I loved this so much! Everyone was friendly and involved. I learned so much about not only the animals from the ice age but also history and just about the tar in general (it’s not even tar!?!?!?!). My mind was blown. Also obviously a great contribution to science. Amazing seeing people work and that they have people who volunteer. What an amazing place.
  • The museum isn't as large as you would think, but a lot of great stuff. Watch the paleontologists & volunteers clean bones, take time to watch a movie ($5 extra) , enjoy the atrium, or better yet, take a FREE guided walking tour! We had a great time on the free excavation tour, it's about 45minutes, but didn't seem that long, and had a great guide to take us along the pits and explaining the pits, bubbles & methane gases, etc. TIP: The LACMA is next door. Go and ask for a FREE NEXT GENERATION PASS application (for babies to 17). Each pass allows 1 adult in free. Can put up to 3 kids on an application. We added our 3 and were all able to get in FREE that same day! **TIP Save on food and pack up a nice picnic lunch. There are benches in front of Last Brea Tar Pits, but we took our picnic blanket and found a nice shady green spot.
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