Tours | La Brea Tar Pits and Museum


The La Brea Tar Pits is an active Ice Age dig site where new discoveries are made every day.  Experience our docents and educators bringing the stories of the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum to life.

Excavator Tour

Explore how our excavators and scientists find fossils of mammoths, saber-toothed cats, dire wolves and more right here in the Tar Pits and then piece back together Ice Age Los Angeles.  This guided tour will take a deeper look into the Fossil Lab, Lake Pit, Observation Pit, Project 23 and more. Start at the Fossil Lab where you will see our scientists at work on everything from Zed, the near-complete Columbian mammoth found in Project 23, to the tiniest microfossils. Learn how our findings, big and small, unlock mysteries of prehistoric L.A. Get the inside story of how the famous Lake Pit came to be, step inside the Observation Pit to see what a tar pit dig looks like, and discover what we are digging up today at Project 23, one of our active dig sites. 

Free with Museum Admission, no ticket required. Tours meet inside the Museum at the Fossil Lab at start times. 
Daily Excavator Tour times are available on our Calendar

Make the most out of your visit and discover more great Tar Pits Museum activities: Titans of the Ice Age 3D and Ice Age Encounters.


Group Tours

Excavator Tour: Groups of 10 or more can join in our Excavator Tours, free with Museum admission.  To ensure there is space for your group, we ask that groups of 10 or more people make a reservation for the Tour when booking their visit. 

Private Tour: Inquire about having a private tour for your group. Private tours are available to groups for $8.50 per person with at least one week's notice. 

Start planning your Group's visit to the La Brea Tar Pits today.  Visit our Group Visits page or call (213) 763-3218 for more information.


Titans of the Ice Age

Titans of the Ice Age 3D Movie

In this exciting 3D movie adventure, journey to a world lost in time, buried in ice, and ruled by giants.

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Ice Age Encounters

Add this multimedia experience to your visit and watch as the Ice Age comes to life before your eyes.

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Painting and Drawing

August 7th: You'll receive friendly step-by-step instruction complete with canvas, paint, brushes and apron to use. Prices include museum admission for the day.

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