La Brea Tar Pits Admission: Uncover Ice Age Mysteries
124 Ratings
Los Angeles
Uncover Ice Age mysteries at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Watch paleontologists excavate fossils and explore an active dig site. Discover saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, and more!
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • La Brea Tar Pits and Museum - Use your general admission ticket for entry to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Here, Ice Age fossils are being excavated right in the middle of L.A.

Enjoy this truly unique attraction by experiencing all that it has to offer. Marvel at its outdoor Lake Pit, oozing with bubbling tar; travel back in time among the prehistoric plants of its Pleistocene Garden; and explore its active dig sites, where it seems excavators uncover something new daily.

The museum itself features its own wealth of offerings. Scope out the fossils of prehistoric mammoths, saber-toothed cats, wolves, and ground sloths, or take an opportunity to watch paleontologists working in the Fossil Lab on their most recent finds.

For a wonderful overview, reserve a spot on the Excavator Tour, free with admission. This guided tour delves into the history of the tar pits and explains just how so many massive creatures ended up stuck here. You’ll also visit the Fossil Lab, Observation Pit and Project 23, where excavators are continuously helping to unlock the mysteries of prehistoric L.A.

What's Included
  • All taxes, fees, and handling charges included
  • Unique Excavator Tour experience
What's Not Included
  • Souvenir photos (available for purchase on-site)
  • Ice Age Encounters show and 3D Film (tickets are available on site when you arrive)
Additional Information

Uncover the mysteries of one of the most peculiar places in L.A., the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, with this entry pass. The location provides a distinctive experience illuminating the local enigmas of the Ice Age. Witness an operational Ice Age excavation location and observe paleontologists uncovering millions of fossils right before your eyes. From seeing saber-toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves, to giant sloths and observing scientists perform work on recovered fossil bones—all taking place within the museum.

  • Involves a moderate amount of walking
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd,
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
(124 Ratings)
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Feb 4, 2024
Interesting Day Out - Considering we had been to LA so many times before, we had never visited the La Brea Tarpits. Firstly – parking here is SUPER expensive for only a couple of hours visit, find parking on 6th street for free! We paid our entrance fee and upgraded to the 3D movie. We then proceeded to a guided tour, which we were told would finish 10mins or so before the start of the movie. Our tour guide, Becca, was incredibly good, very knowledgeable and gave a fantastic tour, and we learnt a lot and were encouraged to ask lots of questions. If you don’t want to do the tour, there are lots of information boards around the museum for reading and learning. The tour ran over, and we got to our show late and had to be rebooked. The girls at the cinema entrance failed to understand when we said can we simply wait to one side to see if anyone doesn’t show rather than having to rebook and wait around…..they simply refused which we thought was rude and unhelpful. Anyway, we later got to see the show – and take our advice, don’t pay the $6 extra, it really isn’t worth it, with only small elements of the show being 3D and the show being nothing more than a National Geographic episode. Overpriced and not worth it, this really should be included as part of the ticket price! Overall, we enjoyed the visit, seeing the palaeontologists working up close was also cool, and the smell of the tar really elevated the whole experience. The inside museum was also cool, with a huge number of fossils on display. Sadly, we visited the gift shop, but the prices were sky high, so we simply left. We enjoyed our visit, and would recommend to all ages, very interesting experience!
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Jan 17, 2024
Fascinating displays and information - We got a lot from the mini videos and the docent tour outside. Becca was an engaging enthusiastic educator. Mindblowing prehistoric facts and hard to imagine right from the middle of LA!
Review provided by Viator
Jan 13, 2024
Great way to spend the afternoon - I took my granddaughter and she was totally fascinated and when we went back to the hotel she did more research on the tar pits
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Nov 10, 2023
A Trip to LaBrea Tar Pits - Had fun the Museum was full of good informative material. I would definitely return to LaBrea Tar Pits again.
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Oct 9, 2023
Fantastic - Entire visit to LA Brea tarpits was fantastic. So very much to see and plenty of time to take it all in.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 31, 2023
A family tradition. - These tar pits are a 50+ year tradition with our family, shared again with our young ones as it was shared with us. Lots of improvements over the years making the destination perfect for all interests and ages. Take public transit if at all possible to this destination and spend time time appreciating the real world up close, in the middle of everything "Hollywood." Everyone will learn something fascinating they didn't expect. Don't miss the pistons "stuck" in the tar because in a matter of seconds you'll really understand the physics of getting stuck. Help support the Museum and it's research. Become a member, your ticket purchases may be applied to your membership. Enjoy!
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Aug 28, 2023
The 3D movie gave a good... - The 3D movie gave a good overview what led to the discoveries that were made in the area. Pre-sale of the tickets helped us skip the lines to get in.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 27, 2023
Finally made it and well worth it - So had been wanting to come here for many years and finally made it. Watching the recent tv series "La Brea" inspired me even more to say, I have to do this and see La Brea, which only the opening show in the series I believe actually filmed some here. In any case, not plugging the show, but this is a super cool place to see. I love the design of the main building first off, it's a really cool design with a plant area in the middle which you can walk above and gaze into as well. And the structure makes it so you can walk around the display areas really easily. There is even a window to look in on the active scientists doing their work and research, talk about working in a petrie dish lol, but I suppose they get used to it. There is also a short 3D film you can pay 6 dollars extra for and a anime sort of puppet show, that I didn't make but sounded super cool. Went on a tour which is included and boy would I recommend this. They take you around the park and really in depth explain what is actively going on here and apparently through out the LA area as far as oil and tar and so many bones and and fossils still being found and investigated. Fascinating to see how the oil is actively still seeping. up and where. They have so many containers and explain how it's moved to the location and from where so that they can as time allows and volunteers work to clean up the finds over time. Another cool thing is that the parking lot is one price and you can go to all the other museums in the area.
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Nov 11, 2023
Great exhibits!! - Very interesting - well worth it. Kids really enjoyed all of the exhibits inside and outside. The grounds were very clean and staff was very friendly
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Aug 31, 2023
Cool history but a bit disappointing - The history of the tar pits is pretty amazing, and so for that I gave it three stars. However, the actual site itself, and the viewing of the tar pits was a bit of a letdown. My husband and I went together and we did not get a tour guide and we’re happy we did not pay for that extra. The one tar pit that was active was actually closed so we didn’t get to see that part of it. All in all it’s cool to have seen it but definitely a disappointment overall. The staff is very friendly and helpful and that’s why I would give it a 3 star not 2 stars.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
April 2024