The 89th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists will be held in Los Angeles, California at the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA Live (900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90015) from April 15-18, 2020.

AAPA Organized Tours You can sign up for these at the time of registration. Note that there is no onsite registration for the tours.

  • Tour of Bone Clones Facility (Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:00 PM-3:30 PM, Preregistration $20)

Bone Clones, Inc. is the premier osteological replication company specializing in precise casts of modern human skeletons, fossil hominid skeletons, modern animal skeletons and fossil animal skeletons. For over 25 years, Bone Clones® have been the leading osteological reproductions used in museums, universities, medical schools and other educational institutions.

In our continued effort to provide the academic and scientific community with the finest in osteological replicas, we are proud to participate in local events in schools, universities and museums in Southern California as part of community outreach. This year we have the pleasure of hosting a AAPA group tour—we hope to see you here!

  • Tour of the LaBrea Tar Pits (Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Preregistration $27)

Experience L.A.'s iconic La Brea Tar pits! This behind the scenes tour will showcase La Brea's ice age fossil collections (giant sloths, direwolves, and saber tooth cats, oh my!), the fossil lab, and the excavation pits, capped off by a short movie. After the formal tour, explore the museum, wander the beautiful museum grounds in search of new tar seeps, or stroll the grounds of the L.A. County Museum of Art next door.

Getting to JW Marriott at LA Live

JW Marriott at LA Live: 900 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90015

Hotel parking:

  • On-site parking, fee: $10 hourly, $53.90 daily
  • Valet parking, fee: $53.90 daily

Air Travel

There are two airports approximately equidistant from LA Live: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and the smaller Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR). We suggest checking flights into both. Traffic from Burbank to Downtown LA is usually better than from LAX to Downtown, but the flights into Burbank tend to be more expensive.

Train Travel

AMTRAK provides service to Union Station in Downtown LA.

Once at Union Station, take the Metro Train Red or Purple Line to the 7th St/Metro Center stop (fare ~$1.75).

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

JW Marriott at LA Live does not have an airport shuttle service, but there are multiple ways to arrive via LAX airport.

  • Uber/Lyft: The easiest way to get around in LA is via Uber/Lyft. An Uber from LAX to JW Marriott at LA Live will be ~$30
  • Public transportation: Public transportation from LAX to LA Live requires a bus ride and a train ride. First, take the FlyAway bus from LAX to Union Station (one-way fare $9.75, no reservation required, buses accept payment on-board via debit/credit card only). The FlyAway bus departs approximately every 30 minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Passengers leaving LAX may board buses on the Lower/Arrivals Level in front of each terminal under the green "FlyAway ® Buses and Long Distance Vans" sign. Each bus is marked with its service location. Then, at Union Station, take the Metro Train Red or Purple Line to the 7th St/Metro Center stop (fare ~$1.75). See here for more information on Metro Trip Planning.
  • SuperShuttle: $19 (one way), $~18 roundtrip reservation required
  • Taxi: ~$50-60 (one way)
  • Self-driving from LAX: Take the 105 East to the 110 North. Exit at 9th Street and turn right. Follow 9th Street to Flower Street and turn right again. Proceed to Olympic Boulevard and turn right. The hotel will be on the left (see above for hotel parking fees).

City Maps

Things to do (other than the conference):

There’s something for everyone in LA!


  • The Broad Museum (free, reserve advance tickets) - Metro stop: Civic Center/Grand Park (Metro red/purple lines):
  • The Last Bookstore - Metro stop: Pershing Square (Metro red/purple lines)


From Expo line Expo Park/USC stop:

Places to eat

Los Angeles is a foodie city!

This list from the LA Times is a good place to start for the best food in LA: “101 Restaurants We Love.”

LA Live conference venue:


  • Grand Central Market - Metro stop: Pershing Square (red/purple lines)
  • Little Tokyo has great sushi - Metro stop: Little Tokyo/Arts District (gold line)
  • Koreatown for Korean BBQ - Metro stops: Wilshire/Western, Wilshire/Normandie (purple line)

A little further:

Live music

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