The La Brea Tar Pits are located in Downtown Los Angeles, and it’s definitely worth the trip. Considering the number of other museums in the area, you can totally make it a part of a day of DTLA exploration. For those of you who aren’t familiar, The Brea Tar Pits are a group of tar pits that have bubbled up natural asphalt over the last several thousand years. The George C. Page Museum displays the work of many archeologists who have excavated the pits and nearby area over the last few decades.
Out front, you can see evidence of the bubbly goo that scents the nearby air with an asphalt-y/rubbery/chemical smell. The mammoth statues out front demonstrate an example of what the area might have looked like before civilization took over the area. It’s kind of a sad scene, of a mammoth stuck in the tar pit an unable to get out, but it demonstrates a really realistic scene.
Some of the exhibits are really fascinating, it’s amazing to see the way that the animals have been preserved and reassembled.
One of the really cool things about the museum and the surrounding area is that it’s still being excavated today. They’re still finding new excavation sites, and retrieving bones and other preserved specimens that have been encapsulated there. You can see my dad standing in front of one of the cleaning rooms.
It’s pretty cool, you get to see a bunch of scientists working, and many of them will indicate what it is that they’re working on.
This trip marks the second time that I’ve been to the tar pits. The first time was about 15 years ago, when I went with my family during one of our vacations from Las Vegas to Southern California. It was really cool to visit again years later.