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Museum of Jurassic Technology
Museum of Neon Art
Visit a quirky museum.

Is it a museum? Or an art installation? Or maybe a cross between the two? Displays at the Museum of Jurassic Technology treat such topics as “the stink ant of the Cameroon” and “fruit stone carving” with the gravity of great art or curious science. Its Website traces its inspiration to the “tawdry and specious” museums of natural history of the 19th century and defines its purpose as preserving that flavor of “incongruity born of the overzealous spirit in the face of unfathomable phenomena.” Sounds about right to us. The MJT is located at 9341 Venice Boulevard in Culver City.

But the MJT is just one of several oddball museums around L.A. where you can experience the quirky side of American culture. For example, there’s also the the Museum of Neon Art (MONA) in downtown L.A. (501 W. Olympic Blvd.), offering not only exhibits, but also nighttime bus tours of vintage signs and movie marquees. Or you may prefer the Frederick’s of Hollywood Lingerie Museum (6608 Hollywood Blvd. in L.A.), with skivvies once worn by Madonna, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Mae West, not to mention the bra Tony Curtis wore in Some Like It Hot.
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