La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

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5801 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 934-7243

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  • These tar pits hold the fossils of Ice Age animals that became trapped in the asphalt deposits here. The fossils were first described by Wellesley College professor William Denton in 1875.
  • I donated some skeletons in my closet to this museum.
  • Look out for sticky tar coming up randomly out of the ground!
  • This is indeed one of the most historical places in Los Angeles. Over 100 tones of dinosaur bones have been dug up from the tar pits. They are still very active.
  • Now that's what I call a sticky situation!
  • Site of the richest discovery of Ice Age fossils in the world, 100 tons of bones representing 200+ species of mammals, birds & reptiles have been unearthed from asphalt dating back to prehistoric time
  • This is more of a curiosity than a phenomenal destination, but it's worth stopping by to witness the tragic scene of a baby wooly mammoth watch its mother sink into a pit of tar.
  • An awesome experience; worth the visit. Enjoy FREE admission on the first Tuesday of every month. Parking costs $10, but earn a $2 rebate by having your ticket validated once inside the Page Museum.
  • See a unique natural history museum for fossils excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits, which trapped animals here for the past 50,000 years (the period before the Ice Age), right in the middle of LA!
  • Best viewing pit: #91, north side of the Japanese pavilion of LACMA. Go inside to see an actual excavation with big bones sticking up from the tar.
  • way way back when everybody in los angeles lived downtown, people used to go out there and light the tar pits on fire (for excitement)
  • Find the license plate!
  • On-site excavators are still discovering new fossils from these deposits DAILY. Pretty impressive.
  • Discover one of the worlds most famous Ice Age fossil collections, right in the heart of LA! And, of course, make sure to snap a photo or two of the huge Wooly Mammoth replicas!
  • Great place for picnic!
  • This is a relatively small place. When buying your ticket, be sure to say "yes" when they ask if you want to go on the excavator tour. It's included with admission and the best part of the whole time.
  • It was kool saw art alot of bands kool beautiful women free cookies and soda got me some sunglasses free:-)B-)
  • Totally worth a trip really cool and working sites for excavation.
  • Beautiful site to see :)
  • Japanese art collection nearby is impressive. Cool elephants in the tar pits too!