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: 

9:30 am–5:00 pm
Closed the first Tuesday of every month.
Also closed on Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Park Hours: 

6 am–10 pm


$18 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.

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. 

Map of locations at the tarpits park and 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!