Suggested Itineraries

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Whether you plan to have your visit to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits be self-guided or organized around one of our daily public-guided tours, you will discover and explore the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. Guests can learn about Los Angeles as it was between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age, when animals such as saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed the Los Angeles basin. Through windows at the Page Museum Fossil Laboratory, guests can watch bones being cleaned and repaired. Outside the Museum, in Hancock Park, life-size replicas of several extinct mammals are featured. Here are a few things that you should not miss:

If you visit for 30 minutes to 1 hour:

  1. Come inside the Page Museum to see what happens to the bones after we extract the fossils from the asphalt. Check out the paleontology in action inside the Fossil Lab, where staff and volunteers are cleaning and repairing new discoveries.
  2. Experience exhibits such as the Dire Wolf Wall, which contains 400 individual skulls found during Rancho La Brea excavations.
  3. Take some of the wonder home and visit our Museum Store, located in the lobby of the Page Museum.

If you visit for 1 to 2 hours:

  1. Embark on the Excavator Tour (starting June 28) -- the best way to experience the museum and the park. This is the only way to enter the Observation Pit, where you can walk down into a pit to see how fossils look before they are excavated. 
  2. Stop by Project 23 to watch our excavators (and if you can't see them, you should be able to hear them chipping away!)
  3. Come see the Columbian mammoth statues at our Lake Pit.
  4. Come meet a life-sized Saber-toothed cat puppet in the Ice Age Encounters show (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. $3 per person, free for members). Buy tickets in advance.

If you visit for two or more hours:

  1. After your Excavator Tour (starting June 28), discover what an actual excavation site looks like at Pit 91.
  2. Go see the Columbian mammoth family and the mastodon statues at our Lake Pit.
  3. Explore plants from the last Ice Age in our Pleistocene Garden.
  4. Come meet a life-sized Saber-toothed cat puppet in the Ice Age Encounters show (Saturdays and Sundays only. Wednesdays, March through May. $3 per person, free for members). Buy tickets in advance.
  5. Take some of the wonder home and visit our Museum Store, located in the lobby of the Page Museum.

Please remember that the Page Museum is open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm except for the following holidays: 

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

Free general admission on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August.

View our interactive map for more information on things not to miss. We look forward to your visit!

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Daily Activities

Excavator Tour 

Weekdays: 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm

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Observation Pit (outside)

Exclusively open for Excavator Tours!
Get a birds-eye-view of how fossils were buried.

Pit 91 Viewing Station (outside)

Open 9:30 am - 5 pm
An excavation site with undisturbed fossils still in the ground.

Project 23 (outside)

Live excavation seven days a week!

Pleistocene Garden (outside)

See what L.A. looked like in the Ice Age! This was planted according to fossil seeds excavated from Pit 91.

Fossil Lab (inside)

Open 9:30 am - 5 pm
Watch our paleontologists work!

Self-Guided Scavenger Hunts
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