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LAX to La Brea Tar Pits

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La Brea Tar Pits Museum (formerly called Page Museum). [Photo Credit:] La Brea Tar Pits Museum

These museums are all within walking distance of each other. In addition, Farmer's Market and The Grove are only a short bus ride from here.

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum (formerly called Page Museum) - These two attractions must be visited together in order to gain something from your trip to this Westside location. This place is fascinating. Here, you'll see bones of large, extinct animals that were pulled from the pits, including a giant wooly mammoth skeleton. Paleontologists work on the premises and visitors can watch their progress through the glass. La Brea Tar Pits Museum usually closes at 5 PM, although the tar pits are viewable until Hancock Park closes at 10PM.

LA County Museum of Art - Explore a collection with more than 100,000 works of art at LACMA, the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago. Through its far-reaching collections, the museum is both a resource to and a reflection of the many cultural communities and heritages in Southern California. The museum offers a variety of rewarding experiences for the general public and art professional alike. A lively schedule of special exhibitions, world-renowned film and music programs, and a number of educational events complement the permanent collection. LACMA is open every day except Wednesdays, generally from around noon until 8PM

Petersen Automotive Museum - Automotive themes and exhibits. Hot rods, celebrity automobiles, land-speed record cars, motorcycles, artwork and sculpture can be found.

Getting there:
From LAX, a bus ride takes 60-90 minutes each way (including transfers).
Take FlyAway Westwood bus from the terminal at LAX to Wilshire Blvd / Gayley Ave. Then take Metro Rapid Line 720 to Fairfax Ave / Wilshire Blvd.

To view bus schedules:
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On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Planner:
From: LAX
(Petersen Automotive Museum is nearest the bus stop. LACMA is across the street and half a block east (3 minute walk). La Brea Tar Pits is on the same side as LACMA, a half block further from the bus stop than LACMA (5 minute walk). LACMA is easy to see from the bus stop.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. [Photo Credit:] L.A. County Museum of Art

Farmer's Market / The Grove
A bus ride takes about 5 minutes from Wilshire & Fairfax. From LACMA, walk to the bus stop on Fairfax (do not cross Fairfax). Take the MTA bus 217 heading north. Get off at Fairfax and 3rd Street. You'll see Farmer's Market. Walk through the market to get to The Grove.

To view bus schedules:
Click here to visit the Metro website
On the Metro website's home page, use the Metro Planner:
To: Farmers Market

Time estimate:
To view the exhibits at the museum give yourself around 4-5 hours, plus travel time. So you will realistically need at least a 7 hour layover for this excursion. If you go to Farmer's Market and The Grove you will need another one to three hours. Don't forget to allow an additional hour to get through security and walking through the terminal at LAX.

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