La Brea Tar Pits
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- 98%History Buffs
- 82%Family Travelers
- 65%Local Culture
- 58%Budget Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (45)
- 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 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 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 PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
This was one of my very favorite field trips as a kid. It's a really great, small museum where you can cover the whole thing without being too overwhelmed, and where you can feel the immediacy of the artifacts, because you know the tar pits and other excavation areas are just outside. I brought my nieces here recently and they loved it, too.Recommended for:Family Travelers
- 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+ 12Jul 05, 2012
As a local, I'm a fan! It's a fun piece of L.A. history; plus a great place to people-watch. A lot of folks in the neighborhood walk their dogs here so it's a great place to meet fellow dog lovers.
I probably wouldn't make a trip out to mid-Wilshire just to visit here. You can make a whole day out of it! Visit the tar pits then LACMA (right next door), Peterson Automobile Museum (across the street) and end with a visit to The Grove + Farmer's Market (a couple blocks north).
- La Brea Tar PitsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 07, 2013
This place is strange and smells even stranger, but I quite liked it. The central LA location is incongruous and it's interesting to learn about the history of the area. The bubbling pits of of tar are certainly atmospheric.