Privacy Policy | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum

Privacy Policy

The Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County recognizes the public's concern about privacy on the Internet. This privacy statement establishes how information gathered about you from your visit to our website will be used by this website's operators. As a visitor, however, you should be aware that much information submitted to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is public information under the laws of the State of California. Under some circumstances, we may be required to disclose such information in accordance with the California Public Records Act or other legal requirements.

The following describes how information may be collected depending on your activities at this website:

If you read or download information:

We may collect and store information for statistical purposes. For example, we may count the number of visitors to the different sections of our site to help us make them more useful. The information collected may include such items as the name and domain of the host from which you access the Internet, the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using or your browser software and operating system. This information does not identify you personally.

Use of "cookies":

A "cookie" is a small text file that a website can place on your computer's hard drive to collect information about your activities on the site. The cookie transmit this information back to the website's computer which, generally speaking, is the only computer that can read it. Most users do not know that "cookies" are being placed on their computers. If you want to know when this happens or to prevent it form happening, you can set your browser to warn you when a website attempts to place a "cookie" on your computer.

Third-party companies may collect certain non-personally identifiable information (e.g., the type of browser and/or operating system you use, time and date, and information relating to the content you are viewing) on our behalf when you visit our digital properties.  These companies may use such non-personally identifiable information in order to provide advertisements about our exhibits, events, programs, goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you on other digital properties.  These companies typically use a cookie, a web beacon or other technology to collect this information.  To learn more about this targeted advertising practice or to opt-out of this type of advertising via cookies, you can visit or if located in the United States or Canada or if located in Europe.

If you send e-mail to this website:

By sending us an electronic mail message, you may be sending us personal information (i.e., your name, address, e-mail address, etc.). We may store the name and address of the requester in order to respond to the request or otherwise resolve the subject matter of your e-mail. You should know that e-mail is not necessarily secure against interception and may be subject to the disclosure requirements of the Public Records Act or other legal disclosure requirements.

Personally identifying information collected from e-mails or web forms:

By sending us an e-mail (electronic mail message) or filling out a web form, you are sending us personal information (i.e., your name, address, e-mail address or other information). We store this information in order to respond to or process your request.

Consequences of failing to provide information:

If you choose not to provide us with your name or other information, it may be impossible for us to refer, respond to the issue you are inquiring about.

Links to non-Los Angeles County (third party) websites:

Our website also contains links to information located on websites maintained by other public agencies and private organizations. Once you access an individual document that links you to another website, you are subject to the privacy policy of the website containing that document.

Information transmitted by user is not secure from interception:

We take several measures to protect the transmission of the information you submit to us when you use our web site. However, there is a possibility that information transmitted to us over the Internet may be intercepted by a third party.

If you choose to send us email, or fill out an on-line form on our web site, you should know that the information is not necessarily secure against interception, and may be subject to the disclosure requirements of the California Public Records Act or other legal disclosure requirements.

Disclaimer of liability:

With respect to information available from this web page, neither the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County nor any of its employees make any warranty, express or implied, including the warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, or assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such information.