La Brea Tar Pits Museum

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036- Map It
(323) 934-7243

AAA Editor Notes

La Brea Tar Pits Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd., is part of the Natural History Family of Museums and exhibits fossils of ice-age animals such as mammoths, dire wolves and saber-toothed cats. These sticky asphalt beds trapped and preserved prehistoric plant and animal life. Through the windows of the indoor lab, visitors can watch fossils being cleaned, identified and catalogued. Highlights of the 15-minute Ice Age Encounter include a live performance, a film and a life-size saber-toothed cat puppet. During the guided Excavator Tour guests visit the Fossil Lab and then head outside to the lake pit, observation pit and Project 23, an active excavation site. Rental wheelchairs are available. Guided tours are available.
Museum (includes Excavator Tour) $12; $9 (ages 13-17, ages 62+ and students with ID); $5 (ages 3-12); free (active military with ID and to all first Tues. of the month, Sept.-June). Ice Age Encounter additional $4; $3 (ages 3-12). Advance ticket purchase recommended for Ice Age Encounter and Excavator Tour. Combination tickets with Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County are available. Parking: $12.
Hours: Daily 9:30-5. Excavator Tour departs daily at 1 and 3 (also Sat.-Sun. at noon and 2); timed-entry ticket required. Ice Age Encounter Sat.-Sun. at 11, 1 and 2, Fri. at 10:30, 11:15 and noon. Closed Jan. 1, July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas.