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).