If you’re on a trip seeking for things to do in LA, and you stumble across the term “Museum of Jurassic Technology”, you may assume that the attraction is related to “Jurassic Park”, the much-loved Hollywood blockbuster of the 1990’s. While it’s perfectly natural to assume that the museum is movie-related (after all, Los Angeles is the film capital of the world!), the Museum of Jurassic Technology is not related to the hit movie, but is instead dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, and is home to some truly intriguing curiosities!
About the Museum
The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a non-profit organization that was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson in 1988. The museum prides itself on serving two functions: it provides the academic community with a specialized collection of objects from the Lower Jurassic, while, at the same time, providing the general public with a hands-on experience of what life was like at the time.
However, many visitors to the museum often find themselves wondering… what kind of place is this? There truly is no other place like the Museum of Jurassic Technology! The museum has been referred to as a museum about museums, as it does explore the origins of the modern museum.
Additionally, the museum is home to the Tula Tea Room and the Borzoi Kabinet Theatre. The tea room (a reconstruction of Czar Nicholas II’s study in the Winter Palace at St.Petersburg, Russia) serves complimentary Georgian black tea, and cookies, while the theatre screens poetic documentaries produced by the museum.
Collections and Exhibitions
There are definitely sounds one-of-a-kind exhibits to be found at the Museum of Jurassic Technology! There is the “Lives of Perfect Creatures: Dogs from the Soviet Space Program”, and exhibit that tells the mesmerizing stories of the animals who participated in the USSR’s Space Race program. In the permanent collection area, visitors will find some original exhibits that focus some of the nature’s curiosities, such as West Central Africa’s Stink Ant.
The “Micromosaics of Henry Dalton” is another unique exhibition; it celebrates the 19th century physician and naturalist who collected butterfly wings, and would use the scales from the wings to make elaborate, artistic creations. Many of these micromosaics required up to 1000 individual scales! The “Micromosaics of Henry Dalton” isn’t the only exhibit that focuses of miniature marvels, however; the “Microminiatures of Hagop Sandaldjian” a highly regarded musician and conductor who had a passion for the imaginative realm of microminiature sculpture.
Sandaldjian created sculptures that could fit in the eye of a needle, using materials such as lint, dust, and human hair. He recreated many Disney characters, as well as a self-portrait, and Napoleon I, just to name a few of his inimitable creations.
Plan Your VisitThe Museum of Jurassic Technology is located on Venice Boulevard in Culver City. It is easily accessible by both car and public transportation. The museum is open on Thursdays from 2pm to 8pm, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 6pm. The suggested admission prices are $8 for adults and $5 for youth, seniors, and students. The museum is home to a gift shop and bookstore that sell a wide variety of books on topics such as science, industry, and medicine, as well as unique souvenirs. Throughout the year, the museum hosts many special events, including musical performances and lectures. Keep checking the Museum of Jurassic Technology website for details!
Enjoy your trip to L.A. and the fascinating Museum of Jurassic Technology!
The Museum of Jurassic Technology address and hours
The Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
Open Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm
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