Museum displaying ice age fossils- including saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and mammoths- from 10,000 to 40,000 year old asphalt deposits. Explore the museum and surrounding Hancock Park where the asphalt still seeps out of the ground.
Admission is free on the first Tuesday of each month.
The outside of the museum is already interesting with tar here and there on the lawns. But inside tops it all: the exhibits will teach you alot and you can even observe person working on fossils behind a glass window. We were lucky enough to have a guide who was very knowledgable (not sure if it is every day) who even showed us the tar pits. I highly recommend it.
I'd wanted to visit the La Brea Tar Pits ever since I was a kid. I'm a father now, so that means my kids have no choice if I want to go, right?
The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum are in the heart of Los Angeles, CA, and serve as a portal to the Ice Age filled with saber-toothed cats, mammoths, and dire wolves. The museum's not very large, and wasn't very crowded during our visit. Making it very easy to see all the exhibits, particuarly the reconstructed skeletons of animals that became trapped in the tar. Surprisingly, there's also a lush garden atrium with a pond with koi and sunning turtles - very relaxing and tranquil.
All and all our family enjoyed our visit to the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum, and would definitely recommend a stop for a couple of hours during a Los Angeles vacation. It is a unique site with appeal to families with children (especially boys, but our girls enjoyed it too) ages 7-12. However, it would also be a great excursion for anyone on a solo trip to Los Angeles, with a few hours to spare, who is not interested in the “Hollywood scene.”
This is a great place to come at least one time in your life. They have a few pits of tar with replicas of large dinosaurs getting caught in the tar. We took our 8 year old niece and she was astonished by the life size dinosaurs and the history. This activity I think would be a great way to introduce dinosaurs to your kids or go after they have learned some cool facts.
This museum is a great half a day adventure if your in the LA area. I was first a skeptic about how you could have fun looking at tar. This ended up being enjoyable for the whole family though. First you wander the grounds which is free and get amazed that they used to get oil from parts of LA. You get to see displays of what it would have looked like with the animals back in the days. Also you get to see a current dig sight and they post everything they found. Next it is time to go in the museum.
This is a charge museum but well worth the price, They have an arboretum which actually impressed the kids. Which than moves you into the exhibits. You get interactive areas, classes and displays of dinosaurs. Well worth the time.
Only downside is parking. The parking lot fills up fast. We took a couple of spins around the block and finally got street parking.
It only took us about an hour and a half to get through this museum filled with saber tooth cat, wooly mammoth, and wolf fossils with my 6-yr-old and 1-yr-old. We spent a lot of time at the tar bin where you can see how it would feel to be stuck in tar (you pull out a steel pole with a weight on it), saw one film, wandered through the atrium, and took a stroll through the gift shop. Would recommend pairing this outting with another museum or attraction in the area if you're looking to make a day out of it.
We went here on the FREE day (first Tuesday of the month) during spring break. There were a lot of people, but not super crowded so that you couldn’t see all the displays and exhibits. There was no line either to get in. My kiddos are almost 3 and 1 and are still pretty young to grasp the educational aspect of this museum. For them, it’s all about the awe they experience when they see the huge visual displays of the sabertoothed cats and mammoths. For my older little guy, he did enjoy trying to stir the tar around. He also liked seeing some of the moving displays. It was neat to see the scientists tediously working to clean fossils through the viewing window. Don’t forget to visit the atrium that has a nice little pond. My son spent a lot of time turtle watching there.
Bonus: If you sign up your kids for NexGen at LACMA, your children (and 1 adult per child) can enjoy free admission to that museum. If you come to the Page Museum on FREE day, you can easily go to LACMA (with NexGen) on the same day for FREE, too. They are literally right next to each other. It could be a fun, inexpensive day trip. The only thing that you would have to pay for is parking, which is $7 with validation.
This is a great place to see fossils; just be sure your child knows that there aren’t any dinosaurs at the Tar Pits (head to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for those). The most plentiful creatures here are wolves and saber-toothed cats, but there’s plenty of variety to hold interest. Kids can learn how prehistoric creatures got trapped in tar, even try pulling a lever to feel just how difficult it is. The museum’s single-story, small-scale setting is very manageable for little ones and there’s also plenty of open space for parents to comfortably maneuver a stroller. There’s a small library of books about dinosaurs that our group gravitated right to and enjoyed for quite a while. (We actually had to pull them away!) Another surprise was the outdoor atrium in the center of the museum. The kids meandered along the entire path, checking out a waterfall, fish and turtles along the way. We topped off our two hour visit with a picnic at the tables just outside the museum. There’s a huge grassy area the kids loved exploring, plus the iconic creatures trapped in tar just outside the front entrance to the museum. Kids under 5 are free and adults cost just $7, so this place is a great bargain. A great morning worth of nature-inspired fun!
We went for the first time recently on a free Tuesday. The Museum itself offered some hands on activities and an educational movie to help us understand more of what they do there. Outside you can even see vomlunteers chipping away at the tar blocks in hopes of finding fossils. There is also plenty of areas to enjoy a picnic lunch and just let the kids run around. Just beware of little pockets of tar.
My 6 year old son who loves dinosaurs and fossils had such a wonderful time at this museum! It's a wonderful educational experience. We were able to see actual excavations and tar pits where 1000s of Ice Age fossils were found. Current cleaning, identifying and classifying of fossils can be watched through a fishbowl laboratory. My son was amazed to see the large scale creations of an Imperial Mammoth and a Sabertoothed Cat as well as the fossils of Ground Sloths and Dire Wolves. My husband was most fascinated with the fact that camels actually lived in California! We learned about the different migration theories of people and animals to North America. Our 3 year old enjoyed herself as well. If you are a teacher - you get in for free! :)
The Page Museum can be found at the La Brea Tar Pits, a black and slightly malodorous lake of ancient goo that trapped thousands of Ice Age creatures. More than 100
tons’ worth of their fossilized remains have been extracted from the pits, and new discoveries are always being made. Dozens of saber-toothed tiger and wolf skulls, woolly mammoth skeletons, and other specimens are on display. This is educational, unadulterated magic for adults and the under-twelve crowd. Your kids might recall the pits erupting in the film Volcano. Don’t worry, the site is perfectly benign.
Our family had a fun time at the La Brea Tar Pits. A group of us went from ages three to 60+ and everyone found something interesting and entertaining about the experience. At the museum they have real fossils on display, plus fabricated animals that move to show how they would have looked when alive. There was a fossil labratory with a huge window, and we could watch them cleaning extracted bones. The cost into the museum was really affordable, $6 for adults and $1 for kids ages 5+. The tar pits are right outside the museum and a sight to be seen. There were a few pits to view and in some they are in the process of extracting more fossils, which was really fun to see.
We visited during a free museum day and had a great time. My kids really love the skeletons and learning more about fossils. They are now constantly on the lookout for fossils whenever we camp or hike. Worth the trip, and you will learn something new!