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  • Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:30am-5pm; Sat & Sun: 10am-5pm
  • Admission: Adults: $12; Seniors & Students: $9; Children 3-12: $5

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La Brea Tar Pits

Set beside the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Mid-City's Hancock Park, these are real live cesspools in the heart of Tinseltown. While the asphalt here was first excavated back in 1915 (when this spot was home to the city’s natural history museum), the pits themselves were discovered as many as 40,000 years ago by hapless saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves and ground sloths who fell in and drowned. The misfortune of these bygone beasts is symbolized by life-size statues of imperiled woolly mammoths caught in a still-bubbling pool of tar.

Preserved for an aeon or so, the Pits' amazing Ice Age fossils are tagged in various excavation sites around the park. Work is generally slow, however, as the ground here is constantly evolving; around the park and out on Wilshire Boulevard you can still see black, sticky asphalt oozing up from cracks in the road and sidewalk.

One of the biggest archeological discoveries was made here in 2009, when amidst construction of a new parking lot, a treasure trove of fossils (including a wooly mammoth skeleton) was unearthed, catalogued and brought into the on-site Page Museum for study. Beyond the enormous front doors with their bronze bas reliefs, this museum takes you through both the history of Los Angeles and history itself, giving you a glimpse of a paleontological laboratory at work and ending out back in a glass-roofed forest of towering palms. Open every day, except Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles, null
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General Admission Ticket: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Discover the curiosities of one of L.A.'s most unusual attractions: the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum with this admission ticket. Enjoy this unique experience ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $12.00
La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway, Los Angeles, Museum Tickets & Passes
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La Brea Tar Pits Tour by Segway

Explore the ancient remains at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles with a modern form of transportation — the Segway! The convenient personal transport ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

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Explore Los Angeles at your own pace on an extensive hop-on hop-off bus tour through the heart of Los Angeles. The open-top buses allow you to enjoy 360-degree ...  Read more

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Private Luxurious Tour of Los Angeles

Experience the best of Los Angeles with your expert guide riding in a luxurious vehicle on this 6-hour private and custom tour. You will be immersed in the ...  Read more

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Small Group Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

Join this highlights tour for an insider's view of America's most glamorous city! Travel in style in a climate controlled passenger vehicle as your expert ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Glamorous Hollywood and Beverly Hills Highlights Tour of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, City Tours
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Glamorous Hollywood and Beverly Hills Highlights Tour of Los Angeles

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Go Los Angeles Card

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With access to over 26 top LA attractions, activities and tours, the Go Los Angeles™ Card offers something for everyone! Tour Warner Bros. Studio on a VIP ...  Read more

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Grand Tour of Los Angeles

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Get an overview of Los Angeles on this 5.5-hour coach tour with an informative driver-guide who provides commentary and fun facts. See the Hollywood Walk of ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Hollywood Stars' Homes and Grand City Tour of Los Angeles

Experience both Hollywood Stars' Homes and a Grand City Tour of LA in an open-air van/bus. You'll get to travel in comfort and in style as you cruise through ...  Read more

Location: Santa Monica, California
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Admission: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, City Tours
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Admission: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

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Delve into the natural world of past and present with admission to Los Angeles County's Natural History Museum. Encounter extraordinary dinosaurs, experience ...  Read more

Location: Los Angeles, California
Duration: Flexible

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