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La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, Los Angeles

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At the only active Ice Age excavation site in the world, La Brea Tar Pits & 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. Put La Brea Tar Pits & Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Los Angeles vacation generator.
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  • This small museum is actually well worth seeing .. watching the tar still bubbling up and the smell of the tar .. and inside the museum they play a short but very interesting movie it's well worth it ...  more »
  • If you are at LACMA or otherwise in the neighborhood, stop by the park where the Tar Pits are located. It is a fascinating look at the pits in which so many prehistoric animals and people were trapped...  more »
  • I had been to the La Brea Tar Pits as a child in the '60s. I remembered loving them and may even attribute my geology major in college in part to that love. When I returned with my husband, who hadn't...  more »
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  • I love museums. This one was cool but disappointed that it was small. I'm glad I didn't have to pay the whole fee (entrance and parking) seems like a waste. But It was a good time to go for me. Was practically empty inside while the school group and some other groups were outside with the first awesome site. I loved the inside however with what they do.
  • I found this experience very unique. At least for me, it was the first time I laid my eyes on a tar pit. I only knew them from National Geographic channel. I imagined sabre tooth tigers and woolly mammoths finding their untimely death at the bottom. And indeed, if you visit the museum, you will find this to be the case. The tar pit is free, but the museum requires a fee. It is very informative, you will find information on tar pits themselves, all the fossils found in them, as well as the tiring task of the scientists categorising them. I loved learning about the tar pits and the animals of the time, but the museum could have been a bit more entertaining. After a while all the reading became a bit boring.
  • It is a very cool place to visit. The amount of information on all the animals that get trapped in the tar is very fun to read about. Something that is super cool is that there is tar still seeping up from the ground. The animal bones are very cool to look at and read about and the different kinds of animal bones are extensive. Definitely recommend going here. Bring a camera! :)
  • Such a cool place! A prehistoric landmark in the middle of LA. Plenty has already been said, and better, but I had to chip in my $0.02 There are a few attractions at the museum that are a little dated, and the "Ice Age" film they show is less Pixar, more Wild Kingdom, but overall it was a really fun and educational way to spend a few hours downtown. Lots of interactive exhibits, really pretty walking trails, and a friendly and helpful staff. Kids of all ages will LOVE this place.
  • It's an awesome family friendly park. I haven't been inside the museum itself. The park around it is a joy to walk around. Many families with kids. I enjoyed my walk. Will definitely come here again with friends.