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    Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles: ready for an unusual experience?

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    A museum in which the imagination caresses reality and combines with it, leaving the visitor pleasantly disoriented? The Museum of Jurrasic Technology di Los Angeles. An unusual museum that intrigues, fascinates and leaves you surprised. Since its foundation (1988) it has enlarged its exhibition space by almost ten times and every year it attracts over 20.000 visitors. If you are wondering what to see in Los Angeles that is a little out of the box, well this is the place for you.


    • What is the Museum of Jurassic Technology
    • Where is it and how to get there
    • Tickets and Opening Hours
    • Why visit it?
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is the Museum of Jurassic Technology

    Already the name of his is not clear: museum on Jurassic technology. The museum's definition of 'an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic' only adds to the uncertainty about what can be seen inside. But perhaps this ambivalence is precisely the true intent of its founders: David Hildebrand Wilson and his wife Diane Drake Wilson. According to the Wilsons, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is "a museum interested in exhibiting phenomena that other natural history museums do not accept to show". And you will surely find just that inside.

    The darkness of its small rooms, the precise and informative captions for each object on display (however bizarre it may be) and in general the interior fittings evoke the exhibition halls existing in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, practically the predecessors of modern museums of natural history. In this museum you will be able to find common objects whose history is unimaginable as well as things never seen before: the question that will repeat itself several times in your mind during the visit will be “But is it true?”.

    A 'museum of wonders' which in 2001 also won the MacArthur Foundation award, also nicknamed the 'genius award'. The foundation's explanation is perfect for describing the place: this is a museum that highlights the power of the human imagination and highlights the fragility of our certainties.

    Where is it and how to get there

    The Museum of Jurassic Technology is located at 9341 Venice Boulevard in Culver City California in the Palms neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    If you are in metro, the best stop is Culver City Station between Venice Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard. Alternatively Palms Station between Palms Boulevard and Exposition Boulevard. In both cases you will have to walk about 15-20 minutes to reach the museum.

    With the'bus there is a stop in front of the museum in both directions, the Venice / Bagley, served by lines 33 and 733. For more information on mobility in the city, here is our article on how to get around Los Angeles.

    Tickets and Opening Hours

    The Museum of Jurassic Technology is open:

    • Thursday by 14: 00 20 to: 00
    • on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12: 00 18 to: 00.

    The Tula Tea Room and the Borzoi Kabinet Theater (see next paragraph) respect the same opening hours as the museum.

    Il ticket it costs $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for children between 13 and 21, for those over 62 and for the unemployed, $ 3 for disabled people. Children under 13 can enter for free.

    Why visit it?

    An enigmatic and disorienting museum, different from all the other museums in Los Angeles (and beyond). The fine line between real and unreal in this place becomes even more subtle.

    In the labyrinth of its rooms which are deliberately dimly lit you will be able to find ant eggs which in the past were used to treat lovesickness, i x-ray of some flowers visible in 3D with special glasses, microminiature carved in a human hair observable through a pinhead, microscopic XNUMXth century mosaics made with parts of butterfly wings, a human horn, the decomposition of two ancient dice, a gallery of oil portraits of cosmonaut dogs.

    These are just some of the examples of works within this bizarre museum. If after your visit you are too disoriented to immediately rejoin the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, stop by the welcoming Tula Tea Room inside the museum to sip a tea with oriental flavors. This tea room opened in 2005 and is a miniature reconstruction of Tsar Nicholas II's study in the Winter Palace in St Petersburg in Russia.

    Inside the museum there is also the Borzoi Kabinet Theater, a cinema that shows a series of documentary films produced by the museum in collaboration with the Arts and Science Collective Kabinet of St. Petersburg.

    Where to sleep in the area

    Culver City is a dynamic city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, also home to Sony Pictures Studios which offer tours of the most famous film sets produced by MGM. Sleeping in this area is recommended if you love cinema and want to enjoy the nightlife and the many cocktail bars in the area. In our article on where to sleep in Los Angeles you will also find various other suggestions on the best neighborhoods in Los Angeles to stay in.

    Where to sleep in Los Angeles

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