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“Worth going to, but not what I hoped” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Jurassic Technology

Museum of Jurassic Technology
9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
310-836-6131
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Austin, Texas
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“Worth going to, but not what I hoped”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

The sheer strangeness of this place makes it worth a visit but it wasn't as interesting as I had hoped. It's a weird destination and defies straightforward description. To me, it's an art installation about museums--but this doesn't sum it up entirely. Another reviewer called it a 'cabinet of curiosities' and I'd definitely agree. There are exhibits on superstitions (my favorite, probably), 1930s trailer culture, and the dogs of Soviet space exploration, among many others. Some of the exhibits are more straightforward and some seem to be primarily about subverting patrons' expectations about museums--for instance, at least one exhibit appears to be deliberately "out of order." This is becoming a rambling review, but it's a rambling place.

On a practical level, be aware that it can get crowded on weekends and it's very dark, cramped, and labyrinthine. Some of the lighting is so dim I literally could not read the exhibit captions (and, paranoid that I am, I wondered if this is just part of the museum's schtick as a critical meditation on the museum-as-social-construct.) It's not well marked but if you go to the very back of the first floor, you will find stairs leading you to more exhibits and the tea room, where tea is served rather randomly and cookies are available. Go through a mysterious doorway, and there are more stairs to a lovely little courtyard on the top of the building, with lots of finches and doves.

I felt kind of guilty for not enjoying this place more. It's worth seeing once and I think it's culturally important as an examination of how we think about museums, but it just wasn't that interesting, in the end. There was also a strong, self-conscious hipster vibe the day I was there, so it didn't feel particularly welcoming.

Visited December 2012
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“Quirky and fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

We loved our visit to this quirky gem. You will see things you've probably never seen and learn things you never realised you wanted to know, all in this wonderfully designed and set out museum. Definitely worth a visit!

Visited November 2012
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“Get your head turned around...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A truly unique experience - more like a cabinet of curiosities than a regular museum, with very particular whimsical and artistic exhibits. My favorite - a display of telegrams, letters, and missives sent to the scientists of Wilson Observatory, since the opened in the thirties, claiming special insights only worth sharing with them - aka the secrets of the universe. Stop by the cafe and visit the roof meditation garden. Delightful!

Visited January 2012
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“Odd, quirky, and mysterious.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This place should be open at night - it is a GREAT date place. It's so weird and odd, and people often misinterpret what it really is. I would describe it as an art installation that works to create the feelings and impressions you of an historical museum you might have had as a child. It is small, but not tiny - and in fact a little bigger than you might think from the outside, or your initial entrance. Loved it.

Visited March 2012
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Brooklyn, New York
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“Crazy amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Love, love this spot. So crazy! I didn't have enough time here, and went for a special performance so didn't get to see everything, but really hope to get a chance to go back. I don't totally understand, though I don't think you are supposed to. Oddball and unexpected--if you need a break from serious museum-going, this is your spot! Like a curio cabinet, but much better maintained than I would have anticipated.

Visited October 2012
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