Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

Our Expeditions

Tar Pits in Peru
Asphaltic fossil locality near Talara, Peru.

Beyond La Brea!

We excavate on Wilshire Boulevard 361 days a year, but our scientists also travel around the world conducting research on evolution, climate change, and extinction. Some of these expeditions are to other Tar Pits of the World

recent expeditions


Bridging Research & Education at Asphaltic Sites

BREAS collage
BREAS Expeditions to Ecuador, Peru and Trinidad & Tobago

Our mission is to foster integrative research collaborations and build capacity at asphaltic fossil localities around the world~ Dr. Emily Lindsey

In addition to developing high-impact research collaborations with scientists working at other global tar seeps, the B.R.E.A.S. program aims to provide student training, technical expertise, and collections support to local institutions involved in excavating, preparing, curating, and studying fossils from these localities by sponsoring staff and student exchanges between other institutions and La Brea Tar Pits. In addition, we seek to advance research programs and engage local communities by developing education and outreach programs to support local STEM education, to conserve and communicate the importance of these localities, and to support local institutions in advocating for the protection and preservation of their national fossil resources.  

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