The museum at La Brea Tar Pits remains closed until further notice. The park at La Brea Tar Pits is currently open, and visitors can see paleontologists working at our excavation site weekly. See NHMLAC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visitor Information

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

We’re open 9:30 am to 5 pm every day of the year, except for:

  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday of November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • New Year's Day (January 1)


We are closed until further notice.
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5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Discover La Brea Tar Pits your way by adding on special experiences.

Buy your tickets online and save.

General Admission In Museum Online
$15 $14
$12 $11
Students (13-17 or with ID)
$12 $11
Child (3-12)
$7 $6
Child (2 and under)
Special Experiences In Museum Online
Free For Members
Titans of the Ice Age 3D
$6 $5
Free For Members
Ice Age Encounters
$6 $5


$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.

Important note about parking:

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. 

Your Museum Photos

You can arrange photo opportunities through Magic Memories

When you purchase a Magic Memories photo pack, you can download your images for up to 3 months, and also share your e-story with friends and family by e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter. 

If you've already purchased a photo pack, you may access your high-resolution images here. 


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!