Free Friday Late Nights at the La Brea Tar Pits

The museum is staying open a bit later, through to 8 p.m., and admission will be free for three hours before closing.

What to Know

  • La Brea Tar Pits Museum on the Miracle Mile
  • Friday evenings, 5 to 8 p.m., through Aug. 30
  • Free, but you can add activities on for various fees

Back when mammoths roamed the Miracle Mile area, what was 5 p.m. like on a summer Friday?

Well, the mammoths didn't wear wristwatches, so there was no "5 p.m." in the way we know it, and Fridays, too, weren't a thing, given the fact that the ancient animals and the area's other critters weren't inclined to use calendars.

But we do, nowadays, and we do have wristwatches, or at least phones that show the time of day, and a Friday evening in the summertime is a treasure to be appreciated and enjoyed.

And if you're into treasures of the rarest and most fascinating sort, especially those finds that hail from the Ice Age, you'll want to stomp, stomp, stomp, much like a mammoth, to the La Brea Tar Pits Museum for Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits.

They're happening each Friday night through Aug. 30, 2019, and, oh goodie: Admission is free.

For sure, you can add on activities, for a fee, like a screening of the 3D film "Titans of the Ice Age," or you can simply saunter around the fossil-filled institution from 5 to 8 o'clock.

Other add-ons include a behind-the-scenes look at the way, way cool Fossil Lab, which is a working lab brimming with tar'd-up, dirt-laden wonders galore, or a visit to Project 23, the on-going excavation site just a short walk from the museum.

Those are each ten bucks per person, and timed, so check out the information before you toodle over to the Mid-City repository o' fossildom.

It's a science-amazing destination that will be reimagined in the years ahead, but you don't need to wait to connect with all of the action "bubbling" around Hancock Park.

Yes, we said "bubbling," a reference to the tar bubbles that are forever pop-pop-popping there as we go about our daily to-dos. 

Is there anything more magical? Well, you're absolutely right: It's methane, not magic, but still so incredibly mind-blowing, even as our mind knows why it is happening.

And shouldn't the week wrap up on a mind-blowing, pay-no-admission note, at least sometimes? It's a notion of mammoth proportions.

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