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La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

Fake mammoths at La Brea Tar Pits Fake mammoths at La Brea Tar Pits Photo by KimonBerlin

If you are after something a little different to do in Los Angeles then a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum should certainly be on the cards, especially if you have children who are absolutely fascinated by dinosaurs.

The Tar Pits are conveniently located a short hop from Museum Row, and thus this area would be the perfect end to an educational filled day. The absolutely stunning pits here have been bubbling with tar for nigh on 40,000 years, and it certainly is a sight to behold as you wander through this absolutely gorgeous area. It does get pretty crowded in the summer however so make sure you turn up early.

Over the years a plethora of discoveries have been made around this area, with over 100 tons of Ice Age fossils having been recovered from the deep sticky tar. This is a total of somewhere between 400 and 600 different species. If you want to lay your gaze upon some of these then you will need to head to the adjoining Page Museum, which is packed to the brim with finds from around the area, which many more artefacts being added all the time, even if you head back to the Page Museum year after year you can be sure that you will never see the same exhibits twice.

What many people don’t realize is that the Le Brea Tar Pits are a working archaeological site with many discoveries being made every single day. From time to time, those that are interested can act as Palaeontologists for the day and get to take part in a real life excavation, or simply take a more back seat role and work in the facility’s laboratory helping to clean up and categorize some of the finds here. Although do make sure you check in advance as places for this experience can fill up rather rapidly.

A visit to take a look at the La Brea Tar Pits is completely free, however if you want to visit the Page Museum then you will need to part with $12, but that is more than worth it for the amount of history packed into this brilliant museum. This will certainly be the highlight of a trip for any families out there.

Information

Hours:
Open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm
Closed on 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's
Address/Map:    5801 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 934-7243
Website: Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
  Adult Youth (13-17) & Seniors Child (3-12) Child under 2
Admission
$12 $9 $5 Free
Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August.