Touring the Tar Pits From Home
Take a field trip through evolving Ice Age history at La Brea Tar Pits.
Get Stuck In the Tar Pits
Make no bones about it, La Brea Tar Pits is integral to the history of Los Angeles. Asphalt mined from the Tar Pits was used to pave L.A.’s streets, and excavations have been underway for more than one hundred years. Researchers are still uncovering L.A.’s ancient history, and bringing that exciting past better into focus with each new discovery. Now you can visit this world famous historic research site without worrying about L.A.’s historic traffic with our first-ever virtual field trip.
Megafauna and Microfossils
Researchers at the Tar Pits continue to unearth natural history, and our virtual tour will take you to three of its excavation sites: the Lake Pit, Pit 91 and Project 23. Each site helps tell the evolving story of paleontology. Awe inspiring skeletons of mammoths, giant sloths and saber tooth cats leap to mind when we think of the Tar Pits, and naturally so. Few other museums are able to bring these incredible ‘locals’ to life. But what about the dirt inside and around the bones?
Tar Pits researchers discovered it was filled with microfossils like insect legs, fish scales, and tiny pieces of extinct plants. Studying these microfossils helps tell the broader story of L.A.’s Ice Age environment, helping scientists better understand things like climate change now. Over the course of its history, paleontologists at the Tar Pits have adapted their practices and learned new techniques. With this new virtual field trip, we’re inviting everyone to join in the innovation and explore our evolving La Brea Tar Pits.