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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway
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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Explore the world's only active, urban Ice Age excavation site. Inside the Page Museum is where we showcase the best fossils, animals, and plants that have been discovered here - mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and more. Experience the Ice Age come to life with our Ice Age Encounters show. Outside check out the La Brea Tar Pits where tar is still bubbling and our active fossil excavation sites to see what our excavators have uncovered today. Make the most of your visit with our Excavator Tour. Get the behind-the-scenes story and see scientists working on recently excavated fossils, walk around our famous Lake Pit, and visit our live dig site where scientists discover new Ice Age specimens every day. Free with museum admission.
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We spent a couple of hours here looking at the displays and all the fossils. A very nice collection and informative displays. We took a short guided tour of the grounds and got a lot of good information. Nice grounds and a good gift shop. You can see the whole thing in a few hours.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We visited LA for a trip here and a play at Pantages. Wish we had known about the food trucks in front of the Art Museum right next door! We wouldn't have eaten right before heading in.

The grounds are well maintained and include interesting signage with information regarding the excavations that have and are going on here, right in the middle of LA. Lots of kids running around, lots of people having lunch or walking through the area. Was really nice.

The museum is interesting, if a little quick to get through for $12. I would not want to be here when school tours were taking place!

The "Fishbowl" where you can watch staff and volunteers work was memorizing! I could have stood there for hours. And the garden area inside the museum was absolutely beautiful! Great place to sit and relax.

Use the bathroom inside the museum, not the grounds!

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We have seen films and TV shows of La Brea, but the in person experience is well worth the trip. This attraction directly fronts on Wilshire Blvd. Cars whiz by the mammoths stuck in the tar. There are at least a dozen little fenced areas where tar just oozes out of the ground. More amazing are the excavation sites (pits) which show the thousands of animals that lived in the area 25,000 years ago.

The Page Museum puts all the history and archeology together with many exhibits of skeletons and recreations of the animals that lived in the area. You would not want to be around then as the saber tooth cats had really big mouths.

A good place to take kids interested in archeology and history.

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

we stopped here on our last day! took us about an hour to go through the whole museum. You could see the fossils being worked on and it had so many fossils in amazing condition. We headed over to LACMA for lunch so that was also nice!

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Reviewed 20 April 2014

First of all, if you are not interested in either science generally or in fossils or paleontology more specifically, feel free to skip this site. But if you or family members are fascinated, say, by all things ancient or even by dinosaurs, though there are NO dinos at this site, it is a must-see. The Page Museum offers a rare chance to see ancient fossils including saber tooth tigers, wooly mammoths, dire wolves, and many other now extinct creatures. The museum itself will seem small, when you step inside, but your family is likely to spend a couple of hours walking through well laid-out exhibits. And, of course, you can also walk through the adjacent park to view the still-present tar pits (hard to photograph but priceless to view). We've visited this museum twice, once with elementary school aged kids and once with teens. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves both times. If you drive - always "fun" in Los Angeles - it's much better to visit on a week-day, as the parking lot is more likely to have spaces and NO ONE wants to drive in circles in L.A. looking for parking! Also, when we came on a week day the entire visit was relaxing but .. a long time ago .. when we came on a weekend, viewing the exhibits (not to mention finding parking) was more challenging.

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