The Museum of WHAT?

I was first made conscious of The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Culver City years ago when I used to drive past it on an almost daily basis.

Image obtained from the Museum of Jurassic TechnologyI had no idea what curiosities were hidden within the walls of this non-descript, two-story building on Venice Boulevard until I had a friend who had an internship there and who was doing research about… well, I really don’t know what the heck she was researching, except that it was… weird. According to their website, “The Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, California is an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic.” Examples of some of their exhibitions include: Megloaponera Foetens / The Stink Ant of the Cameroon; Bernard Maston, Donald R. Griffith and the Deprong Mori of the Tripiscum Plateau; Fruit Stone Carving; The Horn of Mary Davis of Saughall; and “Garden of Eden on Wheels,” Selected Collections from Los Angeles Area Mobile Home and Trailer Parks.

On their website, they currently have selections from their “No One May Ever Have The Same Knowledge Again Letters To Mt. Wilson Observatory (1915-1935) Collection”. My favorite is a letter from Edward (the photo, taken from MJT’s website, really says a lot in itself), which starts like this:

To the scientific world Thru the Mt. Wilson Observatory

This is to certify, That I have found the Key To all Existance. And all I ask of any one Is for them to read What I am about to say. Because it is not my purpose to tell What you already know. And consequently the proof Shall follow and establish My work to make it law. [more]

My recollections of my own visits to MJT were that its collections were unlike any others I’d ever seen before… interesting, definitely unique. But for anyone who hasn’t visited, I recommend a visit to this one-of-a-kind, only-in-L.A. institution to see for yourself. Their collections are constantly in rotation and no two visits are exactly the same.

The Museum is located at:
9341 Venice Boulevard
Culver City, California 90232
four blocks west of Robertson Boulevard in the historic Palms district of Los Angeles across the street from Main Street, Culver City.
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The Museum can be reached by:
Telephone: (310) 836-6131
Facsimile (310) 287-2267
Electronic mail: [email protected]

The Museum is easily reached by public transportation:
The MTA bus lines 33, 333 and 436 as well as the Santa Monica Municipal Bus line 12 all stop at the Museum’s main entrance.
By car the Museum is most easily reached by exiting the 10 or Santa Monica Fwy. at Robertson proceeding a short distance south to Venice Blvd., turning right (west) and proceeding to the next traffic signal (Bagley Ave.). The Museum is located just east of the intersection of Bagley Ave. and Venice Blvd. on the north side of the street.

6 thoughts on “The Museum of WHAT?”

  1. I absolutely agree! It’s really a hidden treasure. It makes you want to believe that what you see is indeed true.

  2. What’s even funnier are some of the reviews for Lawrence Wechsler’s book Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, which is all about the MJT. Some of the reviews wonder if the museum even exists, or whether it’s all a big po-mo hoax:

    A quote:
    “Does the Museum exist? (I even tried to find it in the L.A. phone book when I visited – couldn’t find it. Curiouser and curiouser….does anyone out there know for sure?)”

  3. Yes, kids.. the creator of the museum was even awarded a MacArthur “GENIUS” grant a couple of years ago. Thanks for reminding me of it! I shall have to plan a visit!

  4. I used to work on Overland & Venice, and for years, I too would drive by the calm facade, I knew it well, with its small fountains & Indian Paintbrushes. I never dared to venture inside, but perhaps now that I have read your enlightening article, I, too will visit, and know the wonders of the Stink Ant of the Cameroon.

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