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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

Experience the history of the ancient Near East hands-on at the Skirball’s outdoor simulated archaeological dig. Participants will learn methods of excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts.


Dig It!

Archaeology Adventures

Saturdays and Sundays


  • Included with Museum admission; no reservations

Drop in anytime during regular Museum weekend hours, weather permitting only

Last entry at 4:30 p.m.

All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult


There’s so much to see and do at the Skirball’s simulated outdoor archaeological dig and field laboratory!

Slip on an archaeologist’s vest, sift and sort through sand to find hidden ancient artifacts, weigh and examine your findings, analyze clues, and work with archaeology staff to piece together the puzzles found in a Near Eastern Iron Age town.

During the last weekend of March, create a clay tablet inscribed with your name in cuneiform. In April, plant seeds in the Iron Age–inspired archaeology garden.

Dig activities may be moved indoors due to weather.

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