Observation Pit | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Observation Pit

Observation Pit

Re-opened after 20 years, and free with admission to the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

School Groups!

March - May, explore the Observation Pit with your students! To experience this special exhibit as part of your school visit, just ask for the Observation Pit when you fill out your visit request form.

Visit the Observation Pit

The Observation Pit is open daily during regular Museum hours, 9:30 am - 5 pm, and included with Museum admission. Find it on the west side of the La Brea Tar Pits campus, between Project 23 and LACMA. 

Inside, you'll get a glimpse of what a real La Brea fossil deposit looks like. Within the jumble of bones, identify specimens from iconic Ice Age creatures like giant ground sloths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, and even a baby mastodon.  

About the Observation Pit

The Observation Pit is a stunning example of mid-century design, first opened to the public in 1952, when it was the only Museum in Hancock Park. Its architect, Harry Sims Bent, is credited with numerous projects around Los Angeles, including the L.A. Central Library and L.A. County Arboretum.  

Visit Us

Open daily 9:30 am - 5 pm, except for: 
New Year's Day (Jan 1), Independence Day (July 4), Thanksgiving (fourth Thurs. of Nov), and Christmas (Dec 25)