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.
Tours to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
$83 BOOK WITH VIATOR Go Los Angeles Explorer Pass with Hop-on Hop-off Bus and Warner Bros Studio Tour
Duration: 60 days
$247 BOOK WITH VIATOR 3-Hour Private Hollywood City Tour with an Emphasis on Studio History
Duration: 3 hours
$306 BOOK WITH VIATOR Private Hollywood and Beverly Hills Tour Departing from Downtown Los Angeles
Duration: 4 hours
$244 BOOK WITH VIATOR Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills Private Sightseeing Tour
Duration: 3 hours
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum reviews
We had a great time at the museum and park. It is amazing what they have pulled out of the ground here and are still extracting! The museum is excellent and small enough to visit in an hour or so... more »
I’ve been fascinated with the tar pits since I was a little kid and had a plastic model of a woolly rhino sinking while a condor tears out a chunk of its flesh, but this was my first visit in... more »
I have not been here since high school. There have been some amazing changes. Seems there are plans to rebuild...so stop in soon before construction begins. You can even vote on the plan you think best for the community. This green space is free, but the inside exhibits do have a reasonable charge. If you live near by why not get a membership. If they ask tell them Joe sent you...They will say Joe Who.. that's me
We had a great time here on a sunny Sunday morning this summer. We had a leisurely walk through the park, visiting all the tar pits and open air displays. The museum was also pretty good, quite different from the usual stuff. They had staff who would let us touch and feel a lot fossil replicas and talk about it in detail. It was also exciting to see volunteers cleaning stuff they had dug up from the pits. Kids thought it was fun.
Plan your trip to Los Angeles
Get a personalized tripA complete day by day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Los Angeles
Side trips from Los Angeles
Historic Sites in Los Angeles
Hidden gems in Los Angeles
Museums in Los Angeles
Nearby attractions in Los Angeles
Trips to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum by other users
16 days in Los Angeles BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA Disneyland Park Universal Studios Hollywood Bradbury Building 55 days in California BY A USER FROM FRANCE Los Angeles San Diego Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park 34 days in United States BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND Los Angeles Phoenix Cincinnati 8 days in Las Vegas & California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Las Vegas San Francisco Los Angeles 8 days in Miami & California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Miami Los Angeles San Francisco 60 days in California BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Yosemite National Park Orick Healdsburg