As a city known for its free-spirited drive and vibrant culture, Los Angeles has something for everyone. While the City of Angels hosts some of the most splendid museums to cater to history buffs and artistic masterpiece lovers, LA also its share of bizarre and wacky museum experiences to break from the obvious and try something new. Here is a look at some of the most quirky museums in Los Angeles that are certainly worth a visit.
The Museum of Death
Established in 1995, the gory Museum of Death displays an extensive variety of art and artifacts surrounding the subject of death including letters & artwork from various serial killers, severed head of Henri Landru, baby coffins, autopsy films, graphic photographs of crime victims and other similar relics, enough to make you cringe. Rest assured; this place is certainly not for the faint hearted!
Museum of Jurassic Technology
Also known as, the cabinet of curiosities, the three-decade-old Museum of Jurassic Technology categorically describes itself as an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and public appreciation of the collections left uncertain and unexplained. The site captures an unusual assortment of exhibits with uncertain measures of authenticity. In short, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is a destination where myths, folklore, urban legends and old wives’ tales collide leaving the visitors feel eerily intrigued and baffled by uncertainty of what is real and what is not.
The Los Angeles Police Museum
For those who have serious interest in policing or crime, the Los Angeles Police Museum is a must visit. It grants visitors authentic experiences of the police department of the city. The site is the country’s most distinguished museum dedicated to sharing the rich history of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) through engaging artifacts and exceptional timeless exhibits. The museum offers a glimpse of original jail cells, vintage police cars, vintage police uniforms, and tools, which are both educative as well as informative.
Tucked in the midst of dim sum and seafood eateries, this gem in Chinatown represents the only museum in the world dedicated to the 20th century pop-art phenomenon of velvet paintings. The mesmerizing wonderland of 5000+ paintings on velvet landscape including famous self-portraits featuring the likes of Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, and Peewee Herman and appeals to visitors who are keen to explore outside the bounds of conventional art.
Heritage Square Museum
The Heritage Square Museum known as a living history museum recreates the Victorian era of unprecedented growth in Los Angeles for visitors to experience and re-live. Exclusive collections of iconic structures, including a railroad station from the Century City, a church from Pasadena, and a variety of formerly private residences from across the city are available on display literally a time travel to the forgotten historical period of the City of Angels.