When you first enter the Museum of Jurassic Technology, it seems cloaked in mystery. The facade of the building doesn't offer much of a hint as to what is contained within, and the unassuming vestibule doesn't answer your questions, either. It quickly becomes clear that, like many of the weird little quirks of this lesser-known Los Angeles gem, that air of mystery is a deliberate choice meant to prepare your mind for the oddities, curiosities, and quirky little stories to come.
About the Museum of Jurassic Technology
The museum was opened by MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient David Hildebrand Wilson and his wife, Diana Wilson, in 1988. Meant to evoke the so-called "cabinets of curiosities" of the 16th century that predated modern natural history museums, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a cheeky play on the idea of a museum. Instead of offering purely factual, educational exhibits, the Museum of Jurassic Technology intentionally blends the fantastical with the real, leaving visitors to decide for themselves which information is credible and which is the product of mere whimsy. Don't forget to check out their tea room and bird atrium...it's one of the highlights of the museum!
Plan a Visit
The museum is located at 9341 Venice Blvd., about 25 minutes by car from The Sea View Inn at Manhattan Beach. The museum is open Thursday from 2 pm to 8 pm and Friday through Sunday from noon to 6 pm. It is closed Monday through Wednesday. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 for adults, and $8 for children 13-21, full-time students, and seniors. Children under 12 are free. No cell phone use of any kind is permitted in the museum.
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