The La Brea Tar Pits (Rancho La Brea) & Page Museum are in Hancock Park, located in Los Angeles, California. You would never believe it, but the pits are located right along Wilshire Blvd, smack dab in busy Los Angeles! The pits filled with tar which once trapped mammals of many kind to their demise, and the Page Museum is where you’ll find their fossils.
When you arrive, you’ll see a fenced off area at Hancock Park, where there are life-size replicas of the some of the extinct mammals that once occupied the area. If you look around Hancock Park, you’ll see some areas that are fenced off. Some fenced off areas are super small, where tar is seeping through the ground. (Be careful not to touch, or step on the sticky, messy tar!) Other fenced off areas are larger, where excavation is currently underway. Yes, the area is still being excavated today!
Inside the Page Museum you have the opportunity to view a film about the tar pits. Once you start walking around the museum you’ll find fossils which were excavated from the tar pits. It’s pretty amazing to see how the fossils were preserved, and the color they took on, from being trapped in the tar. They have a bronzed look to them. You’ll also have the opportunity to peek through glass at their working laboratory, and see bones from the site being cleaned, repaired, or restored by working scientists. You can also walk though their garden, and if you have small children, they might enjoy playing at a special area designed just for them, with books, puzzles, etc…
A visit to the La Brea Tar Pits & Page Museum is both educational and fun. Check the link to their website for more info. Perhaps we’ll see you there!