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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Family Travelers
- 65%Local Culture
- 58%Budget Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
User Reviews (45 Reviews)
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 05, 2013
The La Brea Tar Pits has the world's largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals. While bones had always been visible in the tar pits their significance was not understood until 1901 when a University of California at Berkeley research team excavated the site. The research team dissevered that the tar pits contained thousands of Ice Age fossils.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
The museum brings the creatures entombed in the nearby tarpits to life, in a manner of speaking. I loved the life-sized bellowing wooly mammoth robot, and the wall of wolf skulls. Research on the doomed denizens of the pit are ongoing, and they have it set up so you can watch scientists at work, picking through and cleaning skeletal bits.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 13, 2013
This is one of my all time favorite museums. I love natural history. Learning about the creatures from the tar pits is awesome to me.
I have taken my daughter here as well and she really liked it too!!! I plan on going back every year or two for her to check it out. They have a great link to our past by visiting here.
PRO TIP #1: The first Tuesday of every month is free to the public!
They have all kinds of creatures here from dire wolves, mastodons, mammoths, and all kinds of other dinosaurs. Every time I am here whether it was as a child, a teen, or an adult, they have had something new and different to see and experience.
PRO TIP #2: Bring a lunch so you can have a picnic. Its a great place to do that on the grass or park benches. Just be careful not to sit in/on tar bubbling up!
I especially love the grounds tour where they show off all of the pits that they are currently working in. I have watched tv shows about what they pull out of the tar pits here. Absolutely fascinating. I love watching them working as well.
PRO TIP #3: Make a whole day out of this and visit LACMA as well as its right next door.
Parking is cheap and right behind the museum. In fact you can hit up LACMA while parking in the same lot.
Overall this is one of my most favorite places to go and enjoy a day out and about exploring and learning! I would like to offer the suggestion of checking it out on your own as well...
- La Brea Tar PitsSep 13, 2013
Admittedly, revisiting the tar pits in my 20's proved disappointing next to my childhood memories. It is really just a big pit of tar with a large park and museum around it. However, the park is beautiful on a nice day and the history of the location makes it worth a visit. If you are traveling with kids or just have a fascination with dinosaurs (i mean, who doesn't), the Tar Pits and surrounding areas are an interesting place to explore for a day.
- La Brea Tar PitsSep 13, 2013
Ok, this is fun if you're with kids, but it's pretty short entertainment. There's a big pit of brown goo, and there are some statues representing the poor creatures that got caught down there. The exhibition itself is good but again, short. There are fossils and explanations of how the pits preserved the prehistoric animals remains. Good for about two hours of entertainment, max. Not worth a special trip unless you're an archaeologist, but if you're in the area, check it out.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersWellness+ 2Aug 31, 2013
Nice Museum and actual tar pits with animal fossils. Great place for kids and history buffs. My grandsons loved seeing the dinosaurs and fossils. Lots for kids to do and see. Lovely grounds as well.
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Aug 15, 2013
This is quite a fascinating place to visit right in downtown Los Angeles. You learn some interesting facts about the area and the ongoing excavation. And it smells like tar.Recommended for:History Buffs
- La Brea Tar PitsApr 15, 2013
Probably not what most people seek out when they think of visiting L.A., but if you are interested in expanding your educational outlook on the world, then this is a great place to check out. The La Brea Tar Pits has a lot to offer: tar pits with prehistoric models as you enter the park, a view of an active work site, and the interactive museum with a variety of exhibits pertaining to the unique findings at La Brea as well as general information about prehistoric animals and paleontology. Suitable and fun for for all ages, La Brea offers a unique experience not found anywhere else, so be sure to make a place in your itinerary for it!
- La Brea Tar PitsApr 07, 2013
I would highly recommend that if you are interested to come visit the tar pits and the mini museum within the confines of the park, then you should make this place a quick stop after or before visiting other attractions in the area because there really isn't much to do in this area. I came only here merely to find a grassy place to sit at the top of the museum hill so I could get some fresh air after a long day's fun. It was just a nice break from walking around and was highly amused with the kids that wanted to just roll down the hill. The pit's itself weren't much of anything besides a pool of bubbling muck but the mini museum was pretty interesting.