La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036, United States Phone: +1 323-934-7243


The La Brea Tar Pits (or Rancho La Brea Tar Pits) are a group of tar pits around which Hancock Park was formed, in urban Los Angeles. Asphaltum or tar (brea in Spanish) has seeped up from the ground in this area for tens of thousands of years. The tar is often covered with dust, leaves, or water. Over many centuries, the bones of animals that were trapped in the tar were preserved. The George C. Page Museum is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying specimens from the animals that died there. The La Brea Tar Pits are a registered National Natural Landmark.
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What people dont like

"look out for sticky tar coming up randomly out of the ground!"

"museum not worth the price, just enjoy the tar pits outside, go down the sidewalk path toward the art museum, they have an active dig site you can visit."

"tar pits... i never saw something like that, it is a small lake bubbling all around and smelling to tar..."

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"beware the smell of tar doesn't give you a headache"

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"wonderful place!"


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