La Brea Tar Pits Museum is an Ice Age dig site and museum that attracts visitors from all over the world. Located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the museum displays Ice Age fossils, such as saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and mammoths, from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits. Yet, La Brea Tar Pits Museum not only showcase historic finds, but also invites visitors to have their own paleontological discoveries.
La Brea Tar Pits Museum has designed a few suggested itineraries for your next adventure. Check out their must-do sights and programs:
· For the first-time visitor: Get an overview picture of La Brea Tar Pits and experience how an actual Ice Age dig site works.
o Excavator Tour: Not only is it free with museum admission, but this tour will give guests the best overview of the work that is being done at the museum and of the history of the La Brea Tar Pits.
o Titans of the Ice Age: Jump back in time and discover how these colossal creatures became trapped in tar, preserved in time, and are still being uncovered today.
o Fossil Lab: After paleontologists extract the fossils from the tar, we bring them to our Fossil Lab. Get the insiders’ scoop on how scientists put together the pieces of Ice Age mysteries in the lab.
· For the passionate scientist: La Brea Tar Pits and Museum lets aspiring scientists unearth Ice Age treasures from the tar in addition to researching fossils and microfossils right before their eyes.
o Excavator Tour: Get insiders’ access to the Fossil Lab, Lake Pit, Observation Pit and Project 23.
o Pit 91: Watch live excavations unfold during the summer in the museum’s 15-foot-deep pit. Scientists are still unearthing fossils, such as saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and treasured micro-fossils.
o Fossil Lab: Be a part of the paleontologists’ work to recover fossils and discover the once-living creatures’ stories.
· For the kids: It’s an educational visit that is fun for all ages.
o Titans of the Ice Age: Join the thrilling 3D film adventure that gives an educational overview of the Ice Age, how animals became trapped in tar, and how scientists are discovering them today.
o Ice Age Encounters: Be entertained by the museum’s live, multimedia stage show that features a life-size adult saber-toothed cat puppet.
o Tar Pull: Experience what it was like to get trapped in the tar.
o Have a picnic in Hancock Park right in the middle of the La Brea Tar Pits. Bring a lunch or find one nearby.
o Roll down the hill: How can any child resist the temptation?
The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. General museum admission costs $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, and $5 for children. For the month of September, guests who come on a Tuesday can enjoy free admissions for ‘Wells Fargo Free First Tuesdays.’
Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach is about a forty-minute drive to La Brea Tar Pits Museum.