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The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City

Categories: Natural History Museums, Museums
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3.8/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
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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  • Truth or fiction, reality or myth? You decide.The world divides into two groups: the many wonderful people who visit this museum and are totally baffled and turned off by its blurred line between conf...  read more »
  • This is a dimly lighted, maze-like collection of strange things. There is an eerie 3-D movie, microscopic mosaics made from butterfly wings and our ( me and my 5 yr old) favorite exhibit, a collection...  read more »
  • A hidden gem on the west side of LA, this is a must-see for any artist, writer, or scientist visiting LA. The artists who fabricated the MJT have taken one idea to the nth degree. That idea is "A muse...  read more »
  • This place has some serious quirk to it in a very good way. Constantly being captivated and and in awe over the unique displays. You have to be careful with the sit down and watch displays because of the dark and signing ambiance and monotonous narratives can easily put you to sleep. The garden is absolutely breathtaking and a perfect slice of Rome. At the time there was even old man playing a strange instrument that sounded amazing. It's a shame I came an hour or so before. Highly recommended and plan on going again.
  • I absolutely love this place and have been a member for about two decades. Especially wonderful are the concerts and the holiday parties. Thanks so much for making the world more magical by just being a strange and beautiful place.
  • When I first came here I was delighted by what I thought to be an amazing parody of 18th century curio museums. But the second time I had the privilege of talking to the founder David, who can be found on the little Mediterranean rooftop garden (where they serve cookies and tea, and have their own rookery) playing eclectic instruments, who shared some secrets of the museum. He was very hospitable and boy was I even more delighted to learn that all of the exhibits they have are the works of real people earnestly seeking an understanding of the world, in their own unique ways! Definitely a case of fact is stranger than fiction, and this charming little museum transplants you to alternate, overlooked perspectives of our world. I would skin to seeing maps from the 1600's and how people used to see the world. (David if you see this, do a map exhibit!) If you have an open mind for new experiences, you'll love this place. Highly recommend!
  • Trippy and Jrassicy, woah. I mean, all that AR/VR technologies there... Just wow. Lol Dead serious.
  • The museum had an incredible affect on my perception of truth and treasury which lasted long after I left. I have never had an experience like this. Please take the time to see the whole thing and look for hidden objects and secret information.
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