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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Norm Travels wrote a review Oct 2020
Tifton, Georgia346 contributions97 helpful votes
Was fortunate enough to see tar actually bubbling up from the tar pits - of course the statues are not real
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Date of experience: October 2020
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stm2014 wrote a review Oct 2020
New York City, New York58 contributions62 helpful votes
Only the outside display is open because of corona, but I still had a great time. The main tar pit with the display of an elephant falling into the tar was amazing. Also, I loved that tar is still seeping from parts of the lawn. What a hit!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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wdl wrote a review Oct 2020
Sunnyvale, California493 contributions257 helpful votes
This is my first visit to the La Brea tar pits, after years coming to LA on a regular basis. For some reason, I have never taken the time to explore the tar pits and neither other attractions in the area, like the LACMA nearby. I finally did this time, with my family, and I am glad I did. The site is composed of the park with several open exhibits, a museum, and the tar pits. The museum and the tar pit requires admission tickets, but there are several scheduled activities in the park, including paleontologists digging and cleaning fossils. There are a lot of scheduled activities in the open air exhibits, where real paleontologists are still excavating/processing fossils retrieved from the pits. The museum is an ice age/dinosaur museum with exhibits similar to the ice age section of other natural history museums elsewhere, although it is always fun to look at reconstructed dinosaur skeletons and watch their educational movies. La Brea is a famous attraction and a nice place to spend some time. I would not classify it as a must, as we've been to other fossil excavation sites and natural history museums before, but I am happy to have done it, and it would make a terrific day if combined with other museums in the area, like the LACMA or the Peterson automotive.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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CT H wrote a review Jul 2020
Bethel, Maine1 contribution2 helpful votes
Great place to see a bit of prehistoric/ ice age phenomenon in action. Not often or never before can you witness dinosaur age skeletons being dug up, then cleaned right in front of you
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Date of experience: December 2019
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MWB2011 wrote a review Jun 2020
Sanford, North Carolina204 contributions65 helpful votes
We visited the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, CA. We did not do the admission part of the visit due to time constraints but we did pay for parking. The part that you can see without a ticket is plentiful and we spent several hours visiting. The bubbling tar pits are amazing and we enjoyed the photo-ops. We also spent a great deal of time in the museum gift shop finding nice trinkets and reading information about the tar pits.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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