Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City

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#136 of 442 in Museums in California
The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a museum located at 9341 Venice Boulevard in the Palms district of Los Angeles, California (although it has a postal address of Culver City because it is served by that city's post office). It was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson (husband and wife) in 1988.The museum calls itself "an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic"; the relevance of the term "Lower Jurassic" to the museum's collections is left uncertain and unexplained. The museum's collection includes a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic, as well as some unclassifiable exhibits, and the diversity of its offerings evokes the cabinets of curiosities that were the 16th-century predecessors of modern natural history museums. The factual claims of many of the museum's exhibits strain credibility, provoking an array of interpretations from commentators. The museum was the subject of a 1995 book by Lawrence Weschler entitled Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, and Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, which describes in detail many of its exhibits. David Hildebrand Wilson received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2001. The museum is also mentioned in the novel The Museum of Innocence, by Turkish Nobel-laureate Orhan Pamuk.
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  • We had no expectations after reading about this kitschy place...just wanted to go for a drive and do something different. Judging by the displays, the owner must be fond of everything Russian and who ...  more »
  • We decide to give this museum a go because wanted to try something different while on our vacation and this place seemed promising. While it was interesting, we found the most fascinating part was the...  more »
  • I went in with an open mind and expected it to be a decent commentary on museums and truth. Instead it was a rundown compilation of vaguely interesting oddities and fake exhibits with longwinded, poor...  more »
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  • Quirky, charming, bizarre and educational. It's difficult to pinpoint the central theme of this museum but it covers a lot of interesting, thought-provoking subjects ranging from art, music, history, anthropology to space and many things in between. By the time you reach the upper floor, you can treat yourself to complimentary tea and biscuits, which you can enjoy in the outdoor area with doves flying around. If you're lucky, you'll get to see the owner's silken windhound dog lounging around as well. A cool, relaxing place to spend the afternoon alone or with a small group. If there's anything that needs improvement, there were a few displays with broken lights/speakers. I really hope these get fixed down the road.
  • Inexpensive and interesting. I've gone twice, which might be too many times, but I definitely recommend going at least once. $5 a ticket to get in. They have a really nice tea garden on the roof, which I think I enjoy the most there. The museum has a lot of quirky weird things that are bound to make anyone uncomfortable, however, it will definitely give another perspective. Go if you want a very Ripley's experience without it seeming overly touristy.
  • It was really interesting. Unexpected. The only issue was certain small plaques were not lit well enough to read. Other than that very interesting.
  • Don't look it up, don't check what it is, just go. It's a very VERY different experience than any other museum you know. I think it's a really cool one. Give in to the weirdness, and just go with the flow. It's fascinating. I loved it.
  • Quite possibly the best museum experience I've ever had. I can't overstate how important it is to commit enough time and patience to this connection. It was amazing.

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