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La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

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5801 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90037 United States
(323) 857-6300 http://www.tarpits.org/

The La Brea Tar Pits offer angelenos one of the most unique archeological experiences you’ll ever find: The ability to see ancient treasures at the very location they were dug up.

Inside the museum across from the tar pits (known as the George C. Page Museum Building) visitors will find Ice Age fossils from some 650 species including mammoths, ground sloths, saber-toothed cats, and dire wolves, all from asphalt deposits dating between 10,000 to 40,000 years old.

The museum is open 9:30am to 5:00pm every day of the year with only four exceptions:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Admission costs (not including a Tar Pits Passport, excavator tours or 3-D experiences)

  • Adults: $12
  • Seniors $9
  • Students with valid I.D. $9
  • Youth (13-17) $9
  • Child (3-12) $5

There is also FREE admission to the museum the first Tuesday of each month (except July and August).

Visit tarpits.org to help plan your visit.


Image via Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

La Brea Tar Pits Museum Exterior

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