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La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum

5801 Wilshire Boulevard | Los Angeles, CA 90036 | Official website
La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum Photo info
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  • Type: Museums, Natural Wonders
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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If your kids go crazy for dinosaursand really, what kid doesn't?then a visit to La Brea Tar Pits is sure to be the highlight of their trip. Although the pits look like the set of a cheesy PG movie, hot tar has been bubbling from the earth at this spot along Museum Row (just east of Beverly Hills) for about 40,000 years. And from the gooiest part of L.A., about 100 tons of Ice Age fossils, representing between 400 and 600 different species, have been discovered. The adjoining Page Museum houses many of the artifacts that were found at the tar pits; consequently, it is home to one of the largest collections of Ice Age fossils in the world.

You can check out the tar pits completely free of charge, but the Page Museum costs $12 for adults; reduced entry fees are available for children, students, seniors and members of the military. Most recent visitors agree that the exhibits are well worth the cost of admission. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Budding paleontologists should note that you can volunteer to help out on an excavation or in the facility's laboratory (for free) when you visit. Participants will help paleontologists dig, sort and measure bones, and record data. You should be prepared for the strong stench of asphalt that hangs in the air. Parking is available for a flat fee of $9 at the museum's lot on the corner of South Curson Avenue and West Sixth Street. For more information, check out the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits website.

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