Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles: LA’s Strangest Museum

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Let me preface this review by saying I had no idea what to expect when I came here, I was simply looking at Yelp reviews and saw a lot of positive comments and so I made it a stop on one of my recent trips. That being said, I still have no freaking clue what it is that I saw there, what the purpose of it was or how to describe it. It was, without exaggeration, the strangest museum I have ever seen and it ranks up there with the stranger things I have seen in my life. I will try to review it in this blog, but honestly I have had a hard time even describing it in person so good luck if my writing doesn’t make a lot of sense, hopefully the pictures will be able to portray what I am saying. Without further ado, the review of the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

museum of jurassic technology in LA

Their website describes it as “an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic. Walking through the Museum, the visitor experiences, as it were, a walk back in time. The first exhibits encountered are the contemporary displays and reaching the far end of the Museum, the visitor is surrounded by the earliest exhibits.” It also features this quote.

“…guided along as it were
a chain of flowers into
the mysteries of life.”

I guess I will start by talking about the different “exhibits” that the museum had as this should provide a little more of an understanding of what it is that I saw there. I imagine these change often and you may not see the same things when you go but when I walked in and paid, the first room I entered had a miniature statue of Noah’s ark, some reindeer antlers and a desk that had something to do with electricity.

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From there I walked into a room with microscopes where you could look at different amoebas, then there was a room that was completely dark and had glowing glass balls. Which lead into a room that had a type of diorama that had glasses in front that portrayed a projection (seen in the second image), normally of what appeared to be some type of worship while a large wheel made loud bell chimes.

museum of jurassic technology exhibits of microspcopes

hologram

Next, I headed into a corridor that showed the death and degeneration of dice (probably my favorite part of the museum) and an artist who did art and made figures such as the pope in the eye of a sewing needle.

dice exhibit in museum of jurassic technology

Art in the eye of the needle

After that I proceeded upstairs to the room with dog paintings of the dogs that went into space and the quint coffee  and tea shop that they had for visitors.

stairway in museum of jurassic technology

museum of jurassic technology tea shop

After that I proceeded through the room that seemed to have something to do with holistic medicine  or what I thought was medicine that had been apparently attempted in the past. The standout there was that people apparently ate a rat sandwich to try and cure deceases, I mean who wouldn’t want a nice tasty mouse sandwich!

mouse sandwitch

There was also an exhibit on miniature motor homes, and upon exiting into the gift shop I was also able to see a stuffed sloth.

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museum of jurassic technology sloth

Now believe me there is no exaggeration in the above story, that is what I saw in my 45 minutes in the Museum of Jurrassic Technology. When I asked one of the workers what it was that I was looking at they told me they prefer the guests to take what they want out of it and do not like to answer questions on it. So  that was what I took. Below is  video recapping some of the exhibits I have mentioned.

All in all it was an interesting way to spend 5 dollars and 45 minutes of my life. I can’t say that I would take back the experience as it was so out there that it at least kept my attention wanting to know what was around the next corner, but you can make up your own mind as to whether this sounds like something you would enjoy or not. Check out the rest of the pictures and get directions below.

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  • Beth

    The Museum of Jurassic Tech isn’t really a museum. I would sooner describe it as an art installation. The exhibits do not change. Some of them are historical pieces, some of them are art, some are curiosities, and some are many are completely fake. The purpose of the “museum” is to make a statement on manmade history and what it is that separates fact from fiction.

    The dice you liked belonged to Ricky Jay–the connaisseur of illusion. I would argue that they represent the museum’s mission statement. What is real? How do we know? Or even how do we know what we know?

    Anyway, sorry, I studied the museum for a class and visited it for my birthday.

    • http://californiathroughmylens.com JoshMc

      Beth,

      Thanks so much for writing that comment, it actually helps me to make more sense of the museum. I appreciate your take on it and it is interesting to know that some stuff is fake and some is not. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Beth

        Oh good! I didn’t want to sound to snooty. It’s a really awesome place, my bday is in October, so it was also really in theme with Halloween. I loved it, it’s such a eerie atmosphere. There’s actually a book about it, I forget the author but it’s a history of how the collection was compiled. It IS a very confusing place, the museum, so I only know what I understood from visiting as well as what I read. You can find the book on Amazon if you want. I believe there’s only one.

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