"La Brea Tar Pits" La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Tip by cheap_tourist

  Statue of Trapped Mammoth in a Tar Pit
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For ages, the La Brea Tar Pits have entombed many animals that were not able to escape its sticky grasp. A statue of a stricken mammoth calling out to its helpless family (see picture) illustrates the tar pits' role in natural selection.

Scientists were able to recover the bones of many animals that died in the tar pits. Many, like mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, and sabertoothed cats, are already extinct. Skeletons of these ancient animals are on display at the nearby Page Museum.

You can see the tar pits for free. Adult admission price at the Page Museum is $7, however. If you go there on the first Tuesday of the month, you get to enter the museum for free.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) is adjacent to the tar pits. You may want to check it out, too.

Address: 5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Directions: It's in Hancock Park, at Wilshire and Curson.
Phone: 323-934-PAGE
Website: http://www.tarpits.org/

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  • Updated Jun 12, 2004
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