The Observation Pit at the La Brea Tar Pits will reopen this weekend after being closed to the public for decades. The pit will allow museum visitors a closer look at excavations just 15 feet below the observation area. The La Brea Tar Pits are home to some of the nation’s richest fossil collections — the introduction of the Page Museum’s excavator tour offers a more comprehensive glimpse of the Ice Age in Los Angeles.
Chief Curator John Harris says that the openings at the Page Museum will allow the public to “see what the excavators see,” close up looks at fossils from saber tooth tigers, mastodoons, and other animals preserved in the tar. What will paleontologists and visitors learn from the new observation areas at the La Brea Tar Pits?
Aisling Farrell, Collections Manager at Rancho La Brea tar pits
Correction: An earlier version of this segment page incorrectly identified the museum paleontologists.