La Brea Tar Pits and Museum


Sure, you may not be into the strong smell of tar or you may not enjoy staring at a large hole of black goo in the ground, but if something like that sounds appealing to you then you should check out La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

Things To Know About La Brea Tar Pits And Museum:

  • The La Brea Tar Pits are located right next door to LACMA. They are so close that when I was visiting LACMA I accidentally walked through areas that are technically a part of La Brea Tar Pits and did not realize it right away. If you really want to see both places you could easily check both of them off your list in one day.
  • From what I have toured and visited in the Los Angeles area so far, I have found La Brea Tar Pits to be the most enjoyable for children. While adults could of course visit and enjoy the La Brea Tar Pits, I think it is one of the best spots in LA to bring your children who will really enjoy it.
  • There are two parts of the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, which are basically described in the name as the Museum and the Tar Pits. Technically half is free as the tar pits are outside and you could walk around and view the different tar pits without anyone checking that you paid for a ticket. The museum is indoors and they check for your ticket before you can walk around. While the entire museum is indoors, I would try to visit on a day with good weather so that you can enjoy the full experience.
  • There are a handful of exhibits outside including a large tar pit with statues of animals, an observation area where you can get a closer look at a tar pit, and an active excavation site.
  • I found that the museum was smaller than I expected. However, it might be the perfect size when you’re exploring with children. The museum includes regular museum exhibits, an atrium, and the fossil lab where you can watch paleontologists at work. If you want to spend some more money, then you can also see the shows at the museum’s theater.
  • There is a paid parking lot and street parking at the La Brea Tar Pit, however it tends to fill up pretty fast early in the day. For backup parking, you can also park in the LACMA garage which is not that far from the entrance.

The photos below include pictures from La Brea Tar Pits outside in Los Angeles, California, as well as the La Brea Tar Pit museum indoors:

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