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The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Culver City
(3.8/5 based on 150 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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  • Small large Cabinet of curiosities, with the focus on Science, with magic, with a patio terrace Arabesque incredible. To stop the eyes a while, in order to focus well on very small things seemingly inconsequential but important in the history of man.
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  • I LOVE this place and can't praise it enough. It's probably the weirdest place I've ever been. It's sitting on Venice blvd and by the front door, you'd never know what's inside. It's fun to walk aroun...  more »
  • I get it - this museum is some kind of parody. But a lot of its content is so obscure and bizarre that you are left scratching your head wondering where the joke is. Some parts of the museum are genui...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Loved it. Rebel curation in a quirky vein. A cabinet of curiosities complemented by the oddly eerie, surreal atmosphere of the Russian tea room at the top.
  • The weirdest museum I ever visited. I couldn't understand the meaning behind most of the displays, but that made the place unique and interesting for me. The museum has a very quaint feel and part of it is because many of the modules are old and haven't been renovated in some time. Cheap entry, three floors, and third floor has some unique things including photos of Russian space dogs, an atrium with birds, and a tea and cookies kitchen.