Beginning April 8, we will reopen our doors to gradually welcome back guests inside our museum, starting with previews for members and community partners. Advanced timed tickets are required for entry and are now available online.  See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Parking and Directions

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Parking and

There’s so much to explore. Here’s the information you need to plan your day.

Museum Hours: 

Thursday–Sunday: 9:30 am –5 pm
Monday–Wednesday: Closed 

Park Hours: 

6 am–10 pm


$15 flat rate

The museum's parking lot is located at the corner of Curson Avenue and 6th Street, directly behind the museum. Enter from the western side of Curson Avenue.

Pre-paid parking is available online for our La Brea Tar Pits parking lot when you purchase your Museum Admission tickets. 

If you choose street parking, please read all parking signs carefully, as restrictions apply.  Most importantly, do not park along Wilshire Boulevard between the hours of 7-9 am and 4-7 pm (Monday - Friday), or your car will be ticketed and towed. This applies even if you are parked at a meter.

Discovery Guide

Don’t Miss a Thing

Pick up a La Brea Tar Pits Discovery Guide when you arrive so you don’t miss a thing. The Tar Pits are an indoor-outdoor experience.  Here you will find a map to the entire park, where our live excavations are, and what you can explore inside the museum. 


Smoke-free Environment

Smoking is prohibited on our premises (including outdoor areas). Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy environment for everyone to enjoy!