A visit to the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City is a trip inside a cabinet of curiosities. It is at once a museum and a work of conceptual art. To begin with, the name of the museum is puzzling. The Jurassic Period ended over one hundred million years before the appearance of humanoids or anything that could be considered technology.
Even the museum’s appearance is dubious. The two-story labyrinth interior is veiled behind an unassuming windowless façade. The front door is always locked and you have to ring a bell to enter. Once inside the museum, it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Some of the museum’s permanent exhibits include: an exhibit on old wives’ tales; a series of halls dedicated to the relationship between an opera singer and a neurophysiologist; a collection of microscopic sculptures and paintings. On the second floor, next to a room devoted to the dogs of the Soviet Space program, is a charming tearoom serving free tea and cookies.
The brilliance of the museum can be summed up in a quote from the museum’s founder, David Wilson: “Confusion can be a very creative state of mind; in fact, confusion can act as a vehicle to open people’s minds. The hard shell of certainty can be shattered…”
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Adults, $ 5.00
Children aged 12 to 21, $ 3.00
Students in full time education, $ 3.00
Persons 60 years or older, $ 3.00
Unemployed persons, $ 3.00
Disabled Persons $2.00
Active service personnel in uniform $ 2.00
Children under 12, Free
If the traffic, mini-malls and plastic surgery are getting to you, get back to nature in Griffith Park. One of my favorite ways to spend the morning is hiking up one of the park’s many and varied trails. (Trail maps available on the park’s website.) After your hike, head to Trails Café for potato and egg a la Spain and some fresh-squeezed lemonade.
If you have kids, I recommend taking them to Travel Town, an interactive outdoor museum dedicated to railway history. Travel Town is pure heaven for any train-loving kid since they are encouraged to climb around, up and in the old trains. For a romantic evening, Griffith Park offers sunset horseback rides through the park that end at a Mexican restaurant in Burbank. A day spent in Griffith Park is sure to calm even the most jaded traveler.
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