The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City

3.9
#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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  • August 5, 2017
    I came for the museum, and I stayed for the tea and cookies. I was not disappointed. Definitely go through this with an open mind.  more »
  • June 15, 2017
    This is one genuinely unique & odd museum. Its ambience is something to experience in itself, in addition to the random & interesting displays.  more »
  • May 8, 2017
    Based on the other reviews, it seems that a lot of people misunderstand the MJT. A private museum, it harkens to the Peale's museum and various collections of oddities before the modern museum movemen...  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    A pleasurably disorienting experience. The museum of Jurassic Technology is surreal, strange, and indescribable. We went in with very little knowledge of what to expect and were delighted by the interesting and odd exhibits. Go here, you won't regret it, and if you don't like it, we probably wouldn't be friends anyway and in that case. I'm glad you had a bad experience because you undoubtedly suck.
  • July 6, 2017
    A very unique museum that offers exhibits on topics you didn't know you were interested in. The layout of building is intriguing with many beautiful architectural facets we wish were still common today. The entry price is reasonable too.
  • May 27, 2017
    I actually feel bad for the people leaving one and two star reviews; it's sad to think that some people are too simple and unimaginative to grasp or appreciate the sort of things you'll find in a place like this. I'll admit, it was confusing at times and hard to parse reality from fiction here. The place had a very surreal and dreamlike quality but offered an experience unlike any other. Hard to describe but highly recommended for anyone who has a sense of curiosity, wonder, and interest in the unusual.
  • April 12, 2017
    I could describe it... But actually... I can't. Just go, it's worth it. My 8 and 10 year old really dug it too. Hopefully the "string figures" interactive exhibit is still there when you visit, be sure to have tea in the rooftop garden. In my opinion this is a 1 - 2 hour thing to do, and I would say it's family friendly if your kids are over 5 or 6.
  • March 28, 2017
    Drop your conventional ideas of what a museum should be at the curb, outside. You can go to LACMA or the Getty for that, & feel quite satisfied. This isn't your mama's museum, but it very much IS satisfying, in its own, totally unique way. Don't even read all the reviews and descriptions. Just...go. GO. It's a "cabinet of wonders", and easily one of my favorite places, anywhere.

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