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Become a Member

Support a world-class institution

Your membership donation supports the scientific research and presentation of the most important collection of Ice Age fossils in the world. It also helps support the opportunity for over 200,000 school children to visit our museums each year for free.

There are many reasons to be a member of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum!

As a member you can come back as often as you’d like for FREE to witness scientific discoveries happening right in front of you including in the Fossil Lab where you can watch paleontologists and volunteers cleaning off a mammoth skull, sorting ancient insects, and examining new finds! All members receive the following benefits.

  • FREE admission to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Natural History Museum, and William S. Hart Museum.
  • FREE admission to Ice Age Encounters and Titans of the Ice Age 3D.
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store.
  • FREE subscription to member publications including the Naturalist magazine.
  • Discounts on classes, camps, and field trips.
  • Invitations to member-only special events.
  • Plus more!  Join Today.

View all of our Membership Levels and Benefits.

Got children? 

We know a whole day at a museum with small children can sometimes be overwhelming.  As a member, you can drop by the Museum for an hour, have a meaningful experience with the family, and still be home in time for naps.  Then come back later for FREE to see the rest! (Don’t forget to let the kids work off some energy on the “Tar Pull!”). Plus you can enjoy our NHM and Hart museum locations for FREE as well!

Discover more

Our premium membership levels (Patron Family and above) offer chances to go behind the scenes to see our vast collections not on display to the public and interact with real scientists and researchers. Learn More.

Member Events

Members at all levels can attend special member events which include exhibit openings, members only preview days, lectures, trips, and more. Check our calendar for a complete list of events.

Become a Member of the La Brea Tar Pits Museum Today!

Museum store

Ice Age treasures are waiting for you in the Museum Store Shop Now

Daily Activities

Excavator Tour 

Experience our discoveries in action. Free with Museum admission.

Observation Pit

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

Pit 91 Viewing Station

Take a look inside an actual excavation pit. Watch live excavations happening throughout the summer. 
Open 9:30 am - 5 pm

Project 23

Live excavation seven days a week!

Fossil Lab

This is the real thing, paleontological lab work – up close and personal!
Open 9:30 am - 5 pm


Visit our Calendar  for more daily events.