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La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539
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  • La Brea Tar Pits Pro 2014
    Schel @schel74
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    5 Sep 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...

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  • La Brea Tar Pits Pro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Dec 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.

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    Maida Aviad
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    4 Aug 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    4 Jul 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).

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    Aya
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    4 Oct 31, 2013
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    Samantha K
    5 Jul 29, 2014

    Come and see the prehistoric fossils stuck in the tar pits. Witness paleontologists working away. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and the museum.

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    Tarina Peterson
    5 Dec 01, 2012

    The Tar Pits weren't much to look at but the museum on the grounds is really spectacular. It's not as big as other natural history museums but much more specialized. The sheer number of bones and the amount of species they've found is staggering and the museum does a great job of putting that into perspective and showing off their collection.

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    Amy Beal
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I've heard that this place is boring, but as a third grader many years ago I thought it was cool! It probably helped to have some lessons on the history of the place because it made it more interesting. Also, things look bigger when you are smaller.

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    Marsha
    4 Mar 23, 2014

    Its a park, and open dig. Also Visit the Page Museum on-site. Small but interesting.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Katy Logan
    3 Sep 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.

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    Phyth
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    3 Feb 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Jennifer B
    3 Jul 04, 2012

    A favorite of grade school field trip planners, the La Brea Tar Pits offer visitors the very long view on Los Angeles history. These squelchy dinosaur tombs also share their smell with their neighbor: the LA County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA), which is worth visiting, too.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Armando Lopez
    3 Dec 26, 2012

    A nice place to learn about OLD history. no matter how old you are.

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    Barbara Kossy
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    5 Oct 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits Pro 2014
    Laurel W
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    3 Aug 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Becky M.
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    5 Jul 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Malia Yoshioka
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    4 Feb 25, 2013

    Wish we had more time to walk around and explore the excavation sites and museum. It's right next to LACMA so it's a great way to spend a day!

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    Denesse Elias
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    3 Oct 11, 2013
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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Aloura Charles
    3 Sep 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.

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Jeremy Schmitz
    4 Apr 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!

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Description

The La Brea Tar Pits are a physical formation in Los Angeles resulting from tens of thousands of year’s worth of tar seeping up from reserves far below the earth’s surface. The pits are a goldmine of preserved remains of ancient animals that fell into and then could not escape from the tar. Many of these remains are housed in the George C. Page museum, which is dedicated to exhibiting the many ... read more
treasures found within the pits. The entire tar pits complex is a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike, especially those with young children.

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