Head to the Palms District of Los Angeles (9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, to be exact) and find this fun and bizarre collection of relics, sculptures and other-worldly displays. With no clearly discernible museum ethos, nor any particular epoch or art form to focus on, the Museum of Jurassic Technology proves to be a wonderfully refreshing look into the odd, the interesting, the oft-passed-over aspects of history and artistic world.
Just what does this entail? From sculptures of scales into beautiful butterfly wings to forays into the secret lives of the Russian space dogs to obscure letters from dignitaries and even a great wheel of bells, the Museum of Jurassic Technology has developed something of a cult following. It’s eerily different, excitingly engaging, and tantalizingly both new and old at the same time. Often referred to as a “love-it or hate-it” experience, those which enter with an open mind and an appreciation for the rare and interesting find the Museum of Jurassic Technology well-worth the $8 cover charge.
Be sure to watch for parking signs, and don’t mind the unassuming façade. Inside this truly unique museum lies ideas, technologies, sculpture and literature you’ve truly never heard of before. Also, after your romp through the coltishly unnatural, there are delicious free tea and cookies for the nibbling and sipping upstairs. Take a break from the ordinary and explore the extraordinary? What could be more exciting?