Our museums remain closed due to COVID-19. While LA County Public Health has entered Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery, allowing for the reopening of museums on June 12, our museums are still slowly welcoming back staff and are in the process of planning for new health and safety protocols in our galleries and gardens. Therefore, we will not be reopening until later in the summer. Sign up here to be the first to know when we will safely re-open to the public and in the meantime, stay connected from home.

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Behind the Scenes at La Brea Tar Pits

We have millions of specimens in our collections, from sabertooth bones, to microfossils, to bits of local L.A. history. Most of our collections are behind the scenes! Take a deep dive into our collections both on display and beyond.

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Microfossils are meticulously sorted through microscopes before we store them in our collections.