Plan Your Trip | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

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Welcome to the world famous La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.  We want to help you make the most out of your visit and discover all that we have to offer. Let’s start planning your tar pits experience:

Excavator Tour: Get the inside story of the Fossil Lab, Lake Pit, Observation Pit, and Project 23. Free with Museum admission. Learn More

Explore the La Brea Tar Pits: You can see scientists at work, uncovering new Ice Age fossils in the tar pits – new discoveries made right before your eyes. Learn More

Titans of the Ice Age: An all new, unforgettable 3D journey back in time that you won’t want to miss. Learn More

La Brea Tar Pits Museum and Fossil Lab: See our scientists putting the past back together. Watch science in action in the Fossil Lab as Museum scientists are studying what these fossils are telling us about Ice Age L.A. and the environmental changes that are still having an impact on us today. On display are mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, giant sloths, and more, found right here at the La Brea Tar Pits.

Ice Age Encounters: This dynamic, live, 15-minute multi-media performance brings the distant past to life and uncovers the mysteries of the extinct creatures who roamed Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. Available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Learn More


Tickets and Pricing

  Tar Pits Passport Museum Admission +1 Museum Admission
Museum Admission
Excavator Tour *
Titans of the Ice Age 3D Your Choice of Titans 3D or  
Ice Age Encounters Ice Age Encounters  
* Excavator Tour is free
with museum admission
Children: 3 - 12
Students: 13 - 17
or w/ valid ID
Adults $25
Students $22
Seniors $22
Children $17
Adults $20
Students $17
Seniors $17
Children $12
Adults $15
Students $12
Seniors $12
Children $7


Buy your tickets in advance online and save!

Museum Admission: Receive a $1 discount off all Museum Admission tickets for any age level.
Titans of the Ice Age 3D and Ice Age Encounters: Receive an additional $1 when you add either show to your visit.

Your visit allows us to serve our community with inspiring education programs, groundbreaking scientific research, and the exhibition, study, and care of our collections.


Museum Free Days and Hours:

SoCal Museums Annual Free-For-All Day 
February 2, 2019 

Enjoy free Museum admission to La Brea Tar Pits Museum. Reserve your ticket online to enjoy expedited entry. You will also be able to add tickets to Titans of the Ice Age 3D at our online discount price. Space is limited. Get Tickets

Free First Tuesdays
Receive free Museum admission the first Tuesdays of every month (except July and August) and free Museum admission every Tuesday in September. We recommend reserving tickets in advance to guarantee Museum entry and to skip the line, as we experience high attendance on these days. Get Tickets

We offer Free Museum Admission daily to:

  • CA EBT cardholders with I.D.**
  • CA teachers with I.D.**
  • Active or retired military with I.D.**
  • Children 2 and under

**Additional tickets must be purchased to see Titans of the Ice Age and Ice Age Encounters

Free hours for L.A. County residents
L.A. County residents receive free Museum Admission Monday – Friday from 3-5 pm. Bring a valid ID or utility bill the day of your visit.


Our Address:

5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Museum Hours:

We’re open 9:30 am to 5 pm every day of the year, with four exceptions. We are closed on:

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


$15 flat rate
The Museum's parking lot is located at the corner of Curson Ave. and 6th St., directly behind the museum. Enter from the western side of Curson Ave.

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.


Wheelchairs are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out at the Main Entrance by depositing a driver's license or other form of valid identification. All exhibits and theaters within the Museum building are accessible for wheelchairs. Wheelchairs may enter through the Main Entrance, located on the South side of the building; follow the suggested route through the pedestrian gate adjacent to the handicapped spaces in the parking lot. 



Titans of the Ice Age

Titans of the Ice Age 3D Movie

In this exciting 3D movie adventure, journey to a world lost in time, buried in ice, and ruled by giants.

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Members get free admission, free Ice Age Encounters tickets, special discounts, and lots of other great benefits! Learn More