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    The Hollywood Museum: discovering the history of American cinema!

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    In Hollywood it is almost impossible to avoid the desire to immerse yourself in the film culture of which this city is an emblem. And what better place than a museum dedicated to it? Clark Gable's Rolls Royce, first Batman's car, Silvester Stallone's boxing gloves in Rocky, Christopher Reeve's costume in Superman, Elvis Presley's bathrobe, Wizard of Oz slippers, Marilyn Monroe's jewels or the cell of Hannibal Lecter… this and much more awaits you at The Hollywood Museum di Los Angeles.


    • What is The Hollywood Museum
    • Where is it and how to get there
    • Tickets and Opening Hours
    • Why visit it
    • Where to sleep in the area

    What is The Hollywood Museum

    Il The Hollywood Museum di Los Angeles is the museum that collects the memorabilia, costumes, equipment and machinery used in the most important Hollywood films and in the most popular TV series. Beyond 11,000 props spread over 4 floors, they accompany the visitor on a tour through the history of cinema and television from silent films to today.

    The museum is housed in a historic building, the Max Factor Bulding, where the king of make-up, Max Factor, created the looks of unforgettable stars such as Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe. The building was designed by the architect Simeon Charles Lee in an art deco style, bought by Max Factor in 1928 and inaugurated in 1935. The place soon became a symbol: not only divas, but also working women could enter it to be made up by professionals without being considered bad. After several changes of ownership, in 1994 P&G sold the building to the Hollywood Museum which restored it, bringing it in part to the splendor of the past. The The Hollywood Museum inside the Max Factor Building was inaugurated in 2003.

    Where is it and how to get there

    Il The Hollywood Museum is located at 1660 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles, near Hollywood Boulevard and about a 20-minute walk from the Walk of Fame. Reaching it is therefore very simple.

    If you come by car from Santa Monica, San Diego, the San Fernando Valley or Downtown Los Angeles just exit the 101 Freeway at the Highland Avenue exit, continue for approximately half a mile and merge onto Highland Avenue. The museum is located south of Hollywood Boulevard. Right in front of the museum there is a parking facility which offers discounts to museum visitors.

    With the metro the best stop is Hollywood Highland which is right in front of the museum and is a red line station. There are also several stops on Hollywood Boulevard bus: the closest is Hollywood Highland for lines 212, 217, 222, 237, 656, 780.

    For more information on the best way to get around the city, read How to Get Around in Los Angeles.

    Tickets and Opening Hours

    The Hollywood Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

    The entrance ticket can be purchased at the ticket office of the museum or online on the site itself. The cost is $ 15 for adults, $ 12 for people over 65 and students, and $ 5 for children 5 and older.

    Guided tours must be booked two weeks in advance by calling 001 323 4647776 or by writing to the email address [email protected]

    Why visit it

    There is no shortage of museums in Los Angeles, but if you love cinema and are a fan of Hollywood stars, this particular place will take you back in time with its huge collection.

    Al ground floor you will find different settings of how the Max Factor Building must have been in the 1000s and XNUMXs: the pink art-deco style entrance with gold details, the make-up rooms (differentiated according to the hair color of the movie stars), a gallery with over XNUMX black and white photos, Clark Gable's Rolls Royce, Planet of the Apes, Jurassic Park and a tribute to Judy Garland.

    Al second and third floor find the stage costumes of the most important movie stars in famous films as well as objects used during the filming: from a bed in Gladiator to the dog of Everyone crazy for Mary or the gold Cadillac of Dreamgirls. The museum also features the largest existing collection of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, including her death certificate and her million dollar dress.

    in underground of the museum, which in the days of Prohibition was a speakeasy, you will find many objects of horror and thriller films that have made history: the cell of Hannbal Lecter and his unforgettable mask, the mummy of Boris Karloff, Frankenstein, Vampira and many other cult .

    Where to sleep in the area

    10 minutes from Beverly Hills and 20 from Santa Monica, Hollywood is certainly a great neighborhood to spend a few nights if you love shopping, nightlife and, of course, the cinema: here you will find most of the most interesting things to see in Los Angeles, at least for American film fans. In our article dedicated to where to sleep in Los Angeles we suggest some particularly interesting hotel names in the area.

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