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Admission: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Admission Ticket

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Uncover something amazing during your L.A. visit with this admission ticket to the city’s famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Explore the bubbling tar pools that harbor a wealth of amazing Ice Age specimens like mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, ground sloths. Then head inside the museum to explore the beautifully-preserved fossils of these ancient creatures and watch paleontologists hard at work cleaning and preserving their recent finds.
  • Explore the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum with this admission ticket
  • Discover this unexpected scientific site right in the heart of Los Angeles
  • Admire the range of prehistoric fossils from mammoths, saber-toothed cats and ground sloths found in the pits
  • Learn about ongoing efforts by scientists to continue excavation, collection and discovery
  • Experience what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles
  • Great option for families and children
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Excavator Tour
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7/12/2019 - 8/17/2023
Monday - Sunday:09:30 AM - 05:00 PM
See science in action during a visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, a constantly evolving scientific site and exhibit showcasing a range of Ice Age creatures. This one-of-a-kind facility offers visitors the perfect chance to watch paleontologists as they recover well-preserved creatures that once roamed Los Angeles millions of years ago.

Watch the tar bubble and ooze at the Lake Pit and visit prehistoric dig sites where site scientists are constantly making new finds. Once you head inside, you’ll have the chance to wander past Ice Age fossils from animals like saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, mammoths and ground sloths, learning about the habits of these prehistoric creatures. Want to learn more about how scientists collect and preserve specimens? A special clear-glass paleontology room inside the museum offers a sneak peek of the scientists hard at work.

Anyone looking for more insight into this unexpected Southern California site should check out the Excavator Tour, free with admission, which chronicles the history of the Tar Pits themselves along with the museum’s Fossil Lab, Observation Pit and Project 23 (one of the Pits’ newest excavation sites).
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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.
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  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
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, Jul 2022
The Museum is the best part of the whole thing. We really liked all the murals on the walls and the bones.
Neat place!
, Jun 2022
La Brea has a nice museum. Very nice if you are interested in the Ice Age. I really liked the fossil lab.
Was very informative and...
, May 2022
Was very informative and my grandkids really enjoyed it. It was very nice. It was nice. It was nice.
Oozing tar from the ground
, Feb 2020
We arrived when there was a short line. The employees weren't sure the tickets were valid. Once they scanned them, they gave us our wrist bands. It was a little unnerving at first but relieved. You still need to wait in line.
Nice museum visit.
, Aug 2019
Interesting to see an active archeological dig in down town Los Angeles. Some interesting information . It is not a very big museum and the teens with us did not find it interesting. Not much active work going on.
Wasn't much different from my last...
, Oct 2017
Wasn't much different from my last trip there nearly 20 years ago. Not much interactive, just bones in displays mainly. The reconstructed skeletons were cool, but there wasn't a lot to keep the kids interested, it took all of half an hour to see it all. The one movie wasn't running and the other movie didn't seem to be letting people in, maybe I misinterpreted it, but no one there seemed very friendly or inviting, and there were only a handful of other people in the museum. We did see several school buses as we were pulling in they getting ready to leave so maybe the staff was overwhelmed from the kids. The grounds were nice, but we choose the hottest day of the year to visit, so couldn't enjoy the outdoors much. They were doing much in the pits because of the heat and there wasn't much signage to inform about the pits, only that most of the work had been done 30 years ago. They have built a huge modern art museum on the same grounds, but my grandkids aren't much into modern and contemporary art. We did go to the Farmers Market and the Hollywood walk of fame then up to Griffith Park Observatory, the observatory was the highlight of the trip. I spent 12 to park at the museum, which was half what I spent on the 3 tickets, seems awfully high price to park for an hour.
Very cool. Lots of interesting facts...
Ariana B
, Aug 2017
Very cool. Lots of interesting facts and info about past researchers in the area, animals that used to roam the LA La Brea area and the asphalt/tar pits in general. My son wasn't as impressed, but definitely a fun place to visit and learn about those who've lived well before us, animals and humans alike!
Grandsons along with us enjoyed this...
Silver Lake
, Aug 2017
Grandsons along with us enjoyed this exhibit. Learned alot!
Wonderful experience for my family...
Carol C
, Aug 2017
Wonderful experience for my family from France. Great learning experience for my 5 year old grandson loved the bones and tar! Little 13 mo. old interested in sights and sounds... Area around the Tar Pits great for walking and lunch. Highly recommend getting tickets on-line and getting there early.
Fascinating and really educational...
Saul S
, Feb 2017
Fascinating and really educational. Takes you back to prehistoric times in LA with all sorts of fossils, recreated beast, animatronics, 3-D movie and tour. Just don't park on the street. 2-hour parking ticket73.
Excellent place to visit! I was...
Vishal S
, Jul 2016
Excellent place to visit! I was astound to see all real fossils on display and you can live in your past thousands of years while watching them in present :

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