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La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036-4539

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    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.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    Kassie Mcilwaine
    4 Dec 03, 2012

    In the movie Volcano, they have the Tar pits erupt and send all of L.A. into ash and dust. Its nice to go to see where the movie took place, but also for the attractions around there as well!

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  • La Brea Tar Pits
    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.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Maayan
    4 Aug 09, 2012

    It is kinda depressing to think about all those dinosaurs that were stuck in the tar but without them doing it we would never know about them.
    The museum is mostly for children but the tar pits are outside and it is free!
    They also have excavation site so this is kinda cool to see.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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    Liav Leshem
    3 Aug 08, 2012

    The tap pit its self is very interesting (small the air) you can take a walk around it and then get to the museum. also they have every weekends free guided walk outside.

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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).

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Travis Katz
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    1 Jul 05, 2012

    This was probably the biggest letdown of an attraction. While the tar pits themselves have been a true treasure for paleontologists, there is not much to see here other than a pond with a fake mammoth sticking out.

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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.

    Recommended for:Family Travelers
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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.

    Recommended for:History Buffs
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    Victoria Byers Barron
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    I didn't go into the museum but the outside was fascinating, especially because you could see little areas that were springing up tar even after all these years.

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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 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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