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Free in Los Angeles: The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum

Cleaning of items found at the La Brea Tar Pits
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On the first Tuesday of every month the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum offers a free day. Outside there are several active excavations that guests can witness archeologist possibly uncovering fossils of creatures from thousands of years ago.

Fossils have been found at what is now known as Hancock Park for since 1875 and continue being discovered at the La Brea Tar Pits to this day. Many Ice Age fossils found in this site ranging from 10,000 to 40,000-year-old asphalt deposits are displayed in the museum. Making the collection at the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum an unique and interesting for every visitor who sees them.

For those whom want to see a garden full of plants grown from fossil seeds found on the property, visiting the Pleistocene Gardens is a must. Inside the Page Museum guests can visit the Fishbowl Lab and watch paleontologists’ clean, study and prepare items for the exhibit. The various exhibits in the Page Museum house fossils of animals that have been found in the La Brea Tar Pits.

The Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits allow guests to tour the facility and grounds either on their own or they can take a free-guided tour that occur throughout the day. The La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum also offers a free scavenger hunt for guests to enjoy and interact with exhibits within the location.

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La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum