A scientific marvel right in the heart of L.A.
La Brea Tar Pits is one of the most important paleontological localities in the world and the only active excavation site in a major city. Yet, because the Tar Pits site was built more than 50 years ago, it currently lacks the necessary facilities for modern-day scientific research, like accessible collections storage and chemistry labs. This inhibits the research that could be—and should be—done.
The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proposing to redesign La Brea Tar Pits to not only support scientific discovery, but also demystify the science and make it relevant and inspiring for generations to come. A cornerstone of our plan is the preservation and enhancement of public green space at our site to ensure it remains accessible to everyone.