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Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits Los Angeles

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Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles
CA
90036
Tel: 323 934 7243

Where are we going today?

You know you are close to the Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits when you see the HUGE mammals peering back at you! By mammals, don't be scared - just amazed! We mean the models of those amazing extinct creatures that used to roam the earth back in the Ice Age!

These tar pits, found in Los Angeles, are some of the world's most famous fossil localities. In fact, they actually have the largest and most diverse collection of plants and animals from the Ice Age in the entire world!

For kids it's a fun and fascinating experience where they can learn all about huge and wonderful creatures that roamed our earth between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago (and you thought you were old reaching double figures!) These creatures range from the scary saber-toothed cats and the grand wooly mammoths and they actually lived where you will be standing when you visit! All across the Los Angeles Basin....just picture it when you look into the tar pits!

Then, at the Page Museum Laboratory you can actually watch bones being cleaned and repaired. It's a fascinating process - and to think that the scientists are actually working on teeth and bones from woolly mammoths!

There are exhibits on smilodons, condors, bison and wolves - as well as other creatures that they have found within the tar pits. 

Of course, outside at the tar pits you can see life-size replicas of several extinct mammals so you can then picture what the teeth would have actually looked like on the animals. Amazing stuff! 

Get ready to go back in time to when these weird and wonderful (and HUGE!) creatures roamed around Los Angeles! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$5 (Ages 3 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9:30am - 5pm daily

All year round. Closed July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day

Teachers corner

It's an amazing place for kids to visit! There are a number of programs available, so give them a call to see what they can arrange for you! .

Any Top Tips?

They have FREE general admission on the first Tuesday of every month, bar July and August. .

Need a little extra help?

There are wheelchairs available to rent on a first come, first serve basis. All exhibits and theaters are accessible, and can enter through the main entrance .

Can I get one of those?

There is a shop with fun La Brea Tar Pit merchandise, as well as fossil replicas and other cool items! .

More information

Parking is $10 flat rate .

What people are saying?

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    Home to the La Brea Tar Pits. Yes, it's very smelly and kinda sad to hear about how many animals perished here but great for anyone interested in prehistoric times and natural history. I feel like a visit here is essential when you're in California. There's also a grassy area nearby so a great place to sit out and even picnic (if the tar scent doesn't bother you!)

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    Interesting but not worth $12. They let active military and family in for free which is nice. Go on the free days they offer.

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    Excellent

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    Great place for family, fun, and science.

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    Not worth the $11 to go in to the museum but interesting. Go on free museum day (Tuesday). Tar pools look more like swamps. Just saying.

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