Follow Venice Boulevard into neighboring Culver City and you will discover one of the most unique museum experiences in Los Angeles (and maybe even the country), the Museum of Jurassic Technology. "An educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic", this small, unassuming forest green colored building hiding behind a bus stop is enigmatic to say the least.
The museum is not easy to categorize, but that is the point. Co-founded in 1987 by David Wilson - winner of the Macarthur Fellowship in 2001 - and his wife, Diana Wilson, the institution is part factual, part fantastical, and wholly engaging.
Just what is the "Lower Jurassic"? Meander through the museum's dimly-hit hallways and attempt to find out. Visit an exhibition about purported ancient medical benefits such as mice on toast. Learn about the illusionary elements of stage mechanics of Baroque theaters. View a gallery of portraits of Soviet-era cosmonaut dogs sent into space, and much more. While you take a break in the Russian tea room on the second floor, you may end up contemplating the very nature of museums and their role in illuminating truth in science, art, and thought. If your tea and ruminations lead to you to crave a burger, head next door to In-N-Out to satisfy your hunger quest.
DIRECTIONS TO THE START
Transit: From downtown bus stop at Spring/1st in Downtown LA, take the 733 Bus towards Santa Monica. Disembark at the Venice/Bagley stop. 9341 Venice Blvd. will be on your right.
Car: From the 10 Freeway West exit for Venice Blvd toward La Cienega Blvd. Turn left onto Venice Blvd and then make a slight right to stay on Venice Blvd. 9341 Venice Blvd. will be on your right.