This public museum houses a collection of specimens and other objects of interest to the scholar, the man of science as well as the more casual visitor, arranged and displayed in accordance with the scientific method. In its original sense, the term “museum” meant a place dedicated to the muses – “a place where man’s mind could attain a mood of aloofness above everyday affairs.” The Museum of Jurassic Technology delivers on that promise.
By far the most important museum of antiquity was the great institution at Alexandria founded by Ptolemy Philadelphus in the third century. Every museum has been modeled after it.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology traces its origins to a period when many of the important collections of today were beginning to take form. Many exhibits which today have come to be known as part of the Museum were formally part of other less well-known collections and were subsequently consolidated into the single collection which has come to be known as The Museum of Jurassic Technology and thus configured, received great public acclaim as well as much discussion in scholastic circles.
Walking through the Museum, you experience a walk back in time. The first exhibits encountered are the contemporary displays and reaching the far end of the Museum, you are surrounded by the earliest exhibits. There are many curious exhibits such as degenerating dice and an artist who made figures such as the pope in the eye of a seeing needle.
Although the path has not always been smooth, over the years The Museum of Jurassic Technology has adapted and evolved until today it stands in a unique position among the institutions in the country. Still even today, the Museum preserves something of the flavor of its roots in the early days of the natural history museum – a flavor which has been described as “incongruity born of the overzealous spirit in the face of unfathomable phenomena.”
This exhibit stands out, apparently people ate a rat sandwich or rat pie to try to cure diseases.
Places to Eat
In case you have an appetite after visiting the museum, a number of nearby dining spots offer a wide variety of culinary pleasures. The available cuisine in the historic Palms District which surrounds the Museum range from exotic Thai and Indian dining to Italian and traditional American fare. All the surrounding cafes are reasonably priced and within easy walking distance of the Museum.
Gift Shop and Bookstore
A wide range of books on science, technology, medicine, industry and other topics, including books suitable for both adults and children. In addition the shop offers a wide variety of gifts priced for every pocket, including adornments, commemorative china, stereoscopic viewing sets and souvenirs. You may visit the shop without paying the Museum admission charge.
Watch a video on the museum here.
WHAT: The Museum of Jurassic Technology
WHEN: Thursday 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
WHERE: 9341 Venice Boulevard | Culver City, California 90232
CONTACT INFO: (310) 836-6131
- Tickets: Adults $ 5.00, children aged 12 to 21, students and seniors 60 years and older $3.00, active service personal $2.00 and children under 12 free
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