La Brea Tar Pits Museum - Ice Age Encounters

Ice Age Encounters

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.

Fridays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm 

$4 Adults, Seniors, Youth

$3 Children 3-12

Children 2 years and under FREE

Members FREE

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See an Ice Age Encounter Stage Show at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

Experience a multimedia performance where we dig into the past to uncover the mysteries of some of the extinct creatures who roamed Ice Age Los Angeles over 10,000 years ago. This dynamic, 15-minute show features a life-size adult Saber-toothed Cat puppet, a live performance and film projections that bring the distant past to life.

Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm

Fridays at 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm

$4 adults, seniors, youth
$3 children ages 3-12

Children 2 years and under: FREE 
Members: FREE

Please buy tickets in advance, seating is limited. Presentations depict a realistic, prehistoric animal and may be frightening for very young children.  

How the Cat Came to Life

More than 2,500 saber-toothed cats have been excavated from the La Brea Tar Pits and studied at the Museum. To bring the cat to life, NHM and La Brea Tar Pits Museum staff collaborated with the innovators at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, whose film and TV credits include the Muppets and Where the Wild Things Are. The Museum’s Chief Curator Dr. John M. Harris, Collections Manager Emeritus Chris Shaw, and Assistant Lab Supervisor Trevor Valle, as well as NHM Curator of Terrestrial Mammals Dr. Xiaoming Wang, consulted on the project.

Our Creative Team

Meet the cool Performing Arts team that puts on these shows!



Purchase Tickets

Purchase your Museum admission tickets online. Reserve your tickets to see Titans of the Ice Age, Ice Age Encounters and book your Excavator Tour time as space is limited. 

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