La Brea Tar Pits reimagined for the next 50 years

| June 27, 2019 | 0 Comments
SECOND HOME SERPENTINE PAVILION, above, as it originally appeared in Hyde Park, 2015, opens at the La Brea Tar Pits Fri., June 28.    Photo by Iwan Baan, Courtesy Second Home

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum is a treasure trove of Ice Age fossils. It’s also feeling its age — 40 — which is not much in geological years but is a lifetime for world-class institutions along Museum Row.

In late August, three architect-led teams will unveil preliminary conceptual approaches to La Brea Tar Pits master planning for public feedback. At the end of the year, the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), which oversees La Brea Tar Pits, will announce the firm chosen to lead a multi-year planning process.

“La Brea Tar Pits and the Page Museum are the only facilities of their kind in the world — an active, internationally renowned site of paleontological research in the heart of a great city,” said Lori Bettison-Varga, president and director of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC), manager of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum.

The museum and its active fossil dig sites host 400,000 visitors a year.

Walk-through sculpture

More immediately, the community will be able to explore the Second Home Serpentine Pavilion, a walk-through sculpture by Spanish artists Lucia Cano and Jose Selgas on the grounds of the Tar Pits. It opens Fri., June 28 and continues through Nov. 24. 

Check the website for film screenings, talks and more to be hosted at the Serpentine. Visit to learn more.

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