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Admission: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Admission Ticket

Discover the curiosities of one of L.A.'s most unusual attractions: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum with this admission ticket. Enjoy this unique experience which helps unlock the local mysteries of the Ice Age. Visit an active Ice Age dig site and watch paleontologists excavate millions of fossils before your eyes. From viewing saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, giant sloths, and watching scientists work on excavated fossil bones — it's all done right inside the museum. 
City: Los Angeles
Thu 30 Nov
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Starting at $14.36
Thu 30 Nov
Starting at $14.36
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What's Included
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Excavator Tour
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Los Angeles
5801 Wilshire Blvd,
This ticket provides direct entry into the attraction
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This activity ends back at the meeting point.
Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Service animals allowed
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
What To Expect
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
Use your general admission ticket for entry to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Here, Ice Age fossils are being excavated right in the middle of L.A. Enjoy this truly unique attraction by experiencing all that it has to offer. Marvel at its outdoor Lake Pit, oozing with bubbling tar; travel back in time among the prehistoric plants of its Pleistocene Garden; and explore its active dig sites, where it seems excavators uncover something new daily. The museum itself features its own wealth of offerings. Scope out the fossils of prehistoric mammoths, saber-toothed cats, wolves, and ground sloths, or take an opportunity to watch paleontologists working in the Fossil Lab on their most recent finds. For a wonderful overview, reserve a spot on the Excavator Tour, free with admission. This guided tour delves into the history of the tar pits and explains just how so many massive creatures ended up stuck here. You’ll also visit the Fossil Lab, Observation Pit and Project 23, where excavators are continuously helping to unlock the mysteries of prehistoric L.A.
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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Dec 2022
I went there for a field trip in high school decades ago (but, the required "When did you go?" field only goes back to January 2022). We went to the Getty Art Museum first then the tar pits. It was very cool. And yes, there is actual tar all over the place. Ask my friend Tim, who ruined his shoes. I don't know what you all low rating people expected when you went there. But, they're literally pits of tar in the middle of Los Angeles (my home town). Wooly mammoths and other prehistoric animals got caught up in the goo. And, their perfectly preserved bones are on display at the museum. That's it. Yeah, it stinks (the tar has a lot of sulfur in it - go figure). But, it's not an amusement park. It's a museum and preservatory of a really special, historic place in the middle of a major city.. If you need constant, mindless amusement, go to Disneyland or Knott's Berry Farm instead (and spend about 10 times as much money).
Dec 2022
The exhibits are all intriguing. Live people in lab & touch allowable displays very engaging. Teen grandsons got a kick out of it
Dec 2022
I've had children in college or graduate school in the LA area for more than a decade and always meant to come here while visiting them. The youngest one just graduated and so I seized the opportunity ... and I'm so glad I did! What an interesting place! The exhibits are fascinating (particularly the one that lets you try to pull a weight out of the tar), the movie is well worth the small price, and the neighborhood is great too. I was disappointed that no excavations were happening and the construction around the modern art museum is frustrating but I would highly recommend a stop here if you're even remotely interested in the subject.

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