Way back in the early, early 2000’s, I worked for an adult entertainment company in the wilds of Culver City (Los Angeles), CA. That’s another story for another time, but no, I was not a performer. It was much more mundane than that.
HOWEVER, I did work nearly across the street from the Museum of Jurassic Technology. I passed it at least twice a week on my lunchtime walks and never actually went in. I was always curious, but for some reason there always seemed to be “time to do that later” Well, later came in 2010 on a return trip to visit friends and remind myself (once again) why I do not live in Los Angeles anymore (again, another story). I’m a little mad at myself for passing it by all those years, but am very glad I have friends that made me finally go.
I’ve heard it described as “if David Lynch had a museum” and that seems pretty accurate. It’s full of antiquated bits of “technology” (though not in the modern sense of the word), meshed with folklore, mythology, a tinge of religious zealotry, and the absolute mysterious. You’re never quite sure what is truth and what is fiction. Glimmers of facts shine through the descriptions and exhibits on occasion, only to leave you confounded by the next installation. It’s a healthy mixture of art, science, myth, and history, sometimes all at once.
We missed having tea in the tea room, as we went just before closing, but I vow to go back next time and spend more time perusing and taking it all in.
**I have also just noticed that they do not want photos to be taken in the museum. I was honestly not aware of this and a quick web search reveals I am not the only one. In sharing these, my only intention is to spark interest and share some interesting visual images that I have let linger on a hard drive for far too long.