La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

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#3 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Los Angeles
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.
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  • Worth a little walk around. It was very close to our Wilshire hotel. Interesting fact sheet. Also, a few minutes walk to Petersen Automotive Museum  more »
  • I didn’t even know this place existed, interesting to visit, with so many interesting to watch and experience a different kind of museum, so relaxing to go and walk, and see all this tar coming out...  more »
  • It’s a little confusing after you pay to park, to know where to go. There’s no one directing you so you kind of just start walking. My advice would be to start with the museum. You can’t miss it...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This was a really great experience for learning and culture. To stand at ground zero of where ice age animals lived. The educators were very knowledgeable and passionate about their work. It’s a very hand on interactive museum great for kids and families. A lot of the help to clean the fossils are done by volunteers. Project 23 is there current project since 2006 and to see them work is a sight to see.
  • This was a great place to visit with family. We went early afternoon. I would recommend going earlier in the day to do the tours. We were able to find street parking, but there is a parking lot connected to the museum plus a few other lots nearby. The museum is very informative. It is also very child friendly, most exhibits allow kids to touch the replica fossils, or have interactive parts.
  • Outdoor and indoor museum that is truly it's own. The tar pits really are active at some sites and they even have an active dig site for people to see. Just be prepared for the smell (but you get nose blind to it after a few minutes). The scientist working on the pits have a window for viewers and a presentation. The artifacts are amazing and really make you think about what life was like in the Ice Age. Also the art museum is amazing and detailed. Also, check out the gift shop. It's worth it!

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