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The La Brea Tar Pits

the la brea tar pits

One of the great things about Los Angeles is that it is a culturally rich area that offers a number of opportunities to learn more about a variety of topics. Whether you are wanting to discover contemporary art, architecture and design, or would like to learn more about the history of L.A., there is a museum just for you. One exciting museum that is great for the whole family are the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

The museum allows guests to learn more about the history of Los Angeles thousands of years ago, specifically, during the Ice Age. In fact, this area is the only active, urban Ice Age excavation site, which means archaeologists are still exploring the tar pits and recovering fossils from that time. Some of the fossils that have been found here include saber toothed cats, mammoths, dire wolves and more. If you want to learn more about what goes on during these excavation sites, you can visit their live dig site where scientists are discovering new Ice Age specimens to add the museum’s collection everyday.

The museum is offering a new seasonal exhibit, Summer of Sloths. This summer, learn more about these amazing mammals. Giant ground sloths roamed the Los Angeles area during the Ice Age nearly 100,000 to 11,000 years ago. These giant ground sloths would stand nearly 10 feet tall and weighed up to 3,000 pounds. During the summer, until August 31st, the museum will be offering extended Late Night Fridays for guests to enjoy. Late Night Fridays will be from 5-8pm with FREE admission. Additionally, there will be special activities to enjoy during these Late Night Fridays.

When you visit the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, there is plenty to discover. From new 3D screenings and excavation tours to seeing a real fossil lab at work, there is something for everyone. General admission for adults is $15 and children get in for $7. Students and seniors get into the museum for $12.

August 10, 2018
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