La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Afar Magazine

The museum itself houses some great specimens and the mechanical wooly mammoth is adorable. Adults and children alike enjoy this LA staple. Full review →


Atlas Obscura

These delicate buggers are some of the rarest fossils that have bubbled up from the Tar Pits.  Full review →



A bas-relief around four sides depicts life in the Pleistocene era, and the museum has more than 3 million Ice Age fossils. Full review →


Frommer's 33

A truly bizarre primal pool on Museum Row where hot tar has been bubbling from the earth for more than 40,000 years. Full review →


Lonely Planet

You’ll likely have a ball at the unique Page Museum, an archaeological trove of skulls and bones unearthed at La Brea Tar Pits, one of the world’s most fecund and famous fossil sites. Full review →


Michelin Guide 53

Visitors to this museum on the site of the famous Rancho La Brea Tar Pits can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago. Full review →


Not For Tourists

Don't miss the La Brea Woman exhibit. Full review →


On the Grid

The museum offers a variety of exhibits for a family-friendly admission price. In the fossil lab, watch paleontologists clean and catalogue findings. Full review →


Time Out

Back in 1875, a group of amateur paleontologists discovered animal remains in the pits at Rancho La Brea, which bubbled with asphalt from a petroleum lake under what is now Hancock Park. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

Kids will get a kick out of this natural wonderland, where tar has bubbled up from the earth for tens of thousands of years. Full review →

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