February 10th, 2016

Discover Strange in Culver City

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It might seem unlikely that the location for one of the city’s most interesting museums is in quiet Culver City, but then again, everything about the Museum of Jurassic Technology feels a little unlikely.

In what feels like more of a treasure trove than a proper museum, 9341 Venice Boulevard houses one of the most interesting and delightful collection of oddities we’ve ever seen. Less educational-meets-informative than your Natural History Museums and Gettys, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is “a witty, self-conscious homage to private museums of yore….when natural history was only barely charted by science, and museums were closer to Renaissance cabinets of curiosity,” to borrow a line from Smithsonian magazine.

There’s a bevy of bizarre exhibitions including rotting dice, unusual preserved insects, and oil portraits of canine cosmonauts. The museum as a whole has sparked such curiosity that a book was written about its many eccentricities, Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology.

But if you don’t feel like reading and you want to impress your friends with an insider LA secret, head over to Culver City for the afternoon, view the many a strange spectacular, sit in the Russian tea room, and marvel at how peculiar and amazing this all really is.

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