La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Time Required : 2 to 3 hours

Timings : 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM Every Day

Admission : Adults: $ 15
Senior Citizen and Students: $ 12
Children (3-12): $ 7

Parking :  $ 15 at the corner of Curson Avenue and 6th street

Nearest Transit Hub : 5801, Wilshire Boulevard and next to Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Amenities : Shopping Corner

Accessibility : Wheelchair access
Accessible parking
 Accessible restrooms
Service animals allowed
Closed captioning available for videos
Exhibits contain open captions
Assistive listening devices available
American Sign language (ASL) interpretation provided

Prohibitions : No smoking

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La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles Overview

Sited amid the bustling streets of urban Los Angeles, La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park is one of the very few excavation sites open to exploring for the history buffs. A site with multiple fenced lakes of black slush called the asphalt, this fossil collection has preserved bones and remains of numerous ancient creatures like mammoth and Saber-tooth cats. Apart from the tar sites which offers multiple opportunities for paleontologists and archaeologists, the museum part of this place showcases the history of tar pits and exhibits best fossils excavated from there like the Huge Colombian Mammoth exhibition and wall of dire wolf skulls, all of them found in the tar pits around the museum.

You can witness for yourself how hard it is to get out of the tar pits as you engage in the tar pool area. There are many active digging sites which can be toured by the visitors to see the actual process of digging and fossilization. The fossil lab provides the visitor with a chance to spectate and interact with the process of cleaning and preserving the fossils that are found here after being excavated from the tar. You can stroll around to see more than 3.5 million ice age fossils inside the museum and also actively take part in multiple programs or exhibits conducted by them. The 3D theatre screening of Titans of the Ice Age should be in your bucket list as the majestic film narrating the historical frozen times’ story lets you understand some marvellous mammals of the Ice Age.

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