Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the ... More
La Brea Tar Pits
Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a park, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, saber-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91. A visit to the on-site Page Museum is a must. Check website for further details.
The La Brea Tar Pits was our highlight to
Los Angeles. It was a educational highlight
but in a fun and interesting way. The 10 minute movie they had showed exactly what happened at that time and you could then relate what you saw in the movie to the fossilized bones in the museum. The visit to "Pit 91" was also most interesting. You can see the volunteers in action excavating the bones. While we went to the museum not knowing what to expect, my 7 & 9 yr old daughters were enthralled with it and loved that they could feel how heavy tar actually is.
This is a very interesting spot go and check out on the Miracle Mile. It�s not a whole day thing but it�s fun to go and take the kids and check out this ancient site. The Museum has plenty to offer. Most of the exhibits were excavated on site. So it�s definitely worth the trip. Being an LA Native I my dad brought me here a few times and being an adult now I have gone back many times and I still enjoy it everytime.
La Brea has a wonderful museum and you can see the pits. For adults it only takes about 30 minutes to see the important stuff, but if you like to linger you can spend as much as 1.5 hours.
When were there local students from various schools were there on field trips and they appeared to be having a blast! It's also very educational...
The La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. CA is something I have heard about for many years & found it to be a fascinating place as well as educational. My children loved seeing it & learning about what lived there thousands of years ago.
The La Brea Tar Pits are so unusual & interesting! Lots of info on how the animals got stuck there, plus there are ongoing archeological digs. Really realy interesting, esp. for kids who are enamored of all things dinosaur!
I used to love coming to this place when I was a kid, and I'd still visit it whenever I have a couple days in LA. It's interesting and informative, but it is also a lot of fun. And the tar pits exhibits are very hands on, not something you see often in a museum.
The name of my review comes from the fact that La Brea is "The Tar" in Spanish. This delighted us as children.
I have visited this place for the past 30 years or so, having come as a child on field trips or with my mother, who brought us remembering her childhood field trips. What I remember as a child was much more basic than it is now: chain link fences around the pits, watching the muck bubble up; platforms up over digs-in-progress. It was always a great side-trip from the Los Angeles County Art Museum, and if time allowed, we would run across the street to the Egg and the Eye, a folk arts museum/shop. Visiting here was always a day of art, geology/paleontology, and folk art.
The site has developed over the years and gotten more museum-y over the years, but this is not a criticism. There are more buildings, but instead of just encasing things, they have added new features. You can watch workers clean up artifacts. Don't know what they think of working behind glass, in essence being an exhibit, but it's fun for us. I've taken my son for years now, and hopefully in the future, he will take his kids. It has become a bit of my history now.
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