About Rancho La Brea | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

We save everything at Rancho La Brea. The asphaltic matrix surrounding our fossils is placed into these black buckets and will eventually be sorted through for microfossils.
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Check out the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits’ new website, www.tarpits.org!  Videos, photography, interactive components, downloadable resources and more!

 

About Rancho La Brea

Rancho La Brea (colloquially known as the La Brea Tar Pits) is one of the world's most famous fossil localities, recognized for having the largest and most diverse assemblage of extinct Ice Age plants and animals in the world. The fossiliferous asphalt seeps are located in the heart of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile, in the southwest corner of what was once the Mexican land grant of Rancho La Brea.

The Rancho La Brea collections are housed on-site at the George C. Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park. The collections document the Rancho La Brea biota and include some 3.5 million specimens representing over 600 species of plants and animals. Current excavations as well as historical excavations sites including the Pit 91 viewing station are open to the public 7 days a week.