Why Weekendtrippers In L.A. Love The Museum of Jurassic Technology

on July 11, 2013

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At first impression, most travelers put the Museum of Jurassic Technology in a box filled with dinosaurs, Spielberg movies, gadgets and gizmos – don’t.

Because here, you’ll find 30 permanent exhibitions covering a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic, as well as some unclassifiable exhibits — this is mental stimulation with an offbeat curve.

Indeed, the Museum of Jurassic Technology (9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City CA) possesses a unique string of DNA, so to speak, praised by the New York Times as, “the museums of museums.”

Since day one it was a subject of a 1995 book by Lawrence Weschler entitled Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, And Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, which illustrates its body of work.

The Smithsonian Magazine also testifies the Museum of Jurassic Technology is, “a witty, self-conscious homage to private museums of yore . . . when natural history was only barely charted by science, and museums were closer to Renaissance cabinets of curiosity.”

Clearly, it’s a place to fill all curiosity cabinets.

But there’s more.

According to The Economist, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, “captures a time chronicled in Richard Holmes’s recent book The Age of Wonder, when science mingled with poetry in its pursuit of answers to life’s mysterious questions.”

And above all the media clamor, the brightest point that stands alone above the rest from my perspective is the Museum of Jurassic Technology’s very own definition of “museum,” which was given in 1988 by founders David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson: Museums are spots dedicated to Muses where the human mind can reach a mood of aloofness beyond everyday affairs.

Beautiful, isn’t it?

So, if you’re in the Los Angeles area and looking for a way to escape humdrum experiences most dino, movie, or tech museums offer, swing by the Museum of Jurassic Technology this weekend.

For more information visit the official Museum of Jurassic Technology website.