Go Metro and save at Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits is one of the world’s most famous fossil sites, and lucky for us Angelenos, it’s smack in the middle of our city on Miracle Mile.

With Ice Age fossils of mammoths and saber-tooths, the Fish Bowl Lab, the Pleistocene Garden and the tar pits themselves, the Page Museum will fascinate even the most museum-resistant people. It’s also a Destination Discounts partner, which means your valid TAP card saves you $1.25 on adult admission! The Page Museum is located at 5801 Wilshire Boulevard and open Monday through Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., except on major holidays.

Getting to the tar pits via Metro is a snap. Hop on Metro Rapid 720 or Metro Local 20 and exit at Wilshire/Fairfax (if going Rapid) or Wilshire/Curson (if going Local). Enjoy historic Wilshire Boulevard from a new perspective while you ride. You may notice utility relocation work occurring at the intersection of Wilshire and Fairfax. It’s part of the first phase of the Purple Line Extension from Wilshire/Western to Wilshire/La Cienega, slated to open in 2023.

Speaking of the Purple Line Extension, Metro began digging an exploratory shaft adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits in spring of 2013 in order to better understand the geology of the future Wilshire/Fairfax Station. The video below highlights the archeological side of the project: the discovery and excavation of scores of fossils to be cataloged and housed in the nearby Page Museum!

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  1. Just two quick comments/questions:

    (1) Is there a map or a link that will show what route the Purple Line will be taking as it travels (through? beneath? above? around?) the La Brea Tar Pits? How might a completed Purple Line be impacted in the event of an earthquake, in this particular area?

    (2) This article mentions the fact that Metro, with a desire to better understand the geology of the area, “began digging an exploratory shaft adjacent to the La Brea Tar Pits” which just happens to be “one of the world’s most famous fossil sites” for those Angelenos who visit and purchase tickets. Well, since it is a known fossil site, won’t the process and time requirement to remove, classify and document these unconvered fossils be tedious? What steps will Metro do to ensure that this local history remains intact during the construction of the Purple Line? Will the giant, tunnel drilling equipment simply be turned on, programmed and set on it’s path with no regards to the the structures it encounters?