La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

4.4
#3 of 7 in Childrens Museums in Los Angeles
At the only active Ice Age excavation site in the world, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, you can see ancient fossils that have been discovered below the museum itself, right in the heart of Los Angeles. Plants and animals, like dire wolves, mammoths, and saber-tooth cats, are on display. You can also witness paleontologists at work in the Fossil Lab. While the height of excavation at Rancho La Brea occurred in the early 20th century, scientists are still uncovering more fossils at this site, and the museum continues to grow and educate the public on its discoveries and methods. A visit to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Los Angeles route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • I never realized the Tar Pits were in the middle of downtown LA! This was very cool. We didn't go into the museum, however, which probably would have been a great addition to walking around and checki...  more »
  • The outside was more interesting to me than the inside. We paid the admission and we're through the museum very quickly. (If you've been to other natural history museums, there's not a lot you haven't...  more »
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  • I'd heard about this place all my life and finally got the chance to visit. Incredible! It's a beautiful park in its own right, but then you also have these fascinating tar pits. The largest is the size of a small lake (it's called the Lake Pit), and the smallest are only a few feet across, yet they all managed to trap many prehistoric animals. There's a museum next to the park that has exhibits about the pits and the fossils that have been pulled out. The park is free to visit, but there's an admission fee to enter the museum.
  • Loved this place after hearing about it all my life. There is tar randomly bubbling up out of the ground, so watch where you step. Lots of interactive displays and exhibits that kids can play with inside the museum. Getting to take a look at active dig sites is pretty exciting, too. The grounds are clean and well kept, and there is plenty space outdoors for little ones to run around. Great way to spend an afternoon. If you've got a kid that loves dinosaurs, this is a must.
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