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Strangest/Specialty Museums in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles Police Museum

Los Angeles Police Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Los Angeles Police department. A great museum that houses tons of evidences, exhibits, artifacts and objects that focuses on Police stories, LA crimes, tactics, uniforms, etc. The museum is considered to be the city's oldest surviving museum. There is a delicate gift store form where visitors can purchase badges and souvenirs to have memories of their visit. The museum is accessible to the public from Tuesday to Friday from 9 Am to 3 Pm and on the third Saturday of the month from 9 A to 3 Pm.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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MONA Museum of Neon Art

If you thought that the only place you'll find neon lights would be in a nightclub or bar, think again. The Museum of Neon Art is filled with exhibits and documents of contemporary fine art in electric media as well as some very creative neon signs. Make sure you take the night tour provided by the museum, which provides a historic insight into the culture of neon lights by bus. If you're into visiting places that are unconventional tourist spots, then a visit to this unusual museum should be on your agenda.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Craft and Folk Art Museum

This relocated museum houses a quickly growing collection of more than 3,000 artifacts from all over the world. There are changing exhibitions spotlighting the design and production of glassware, textiles, toys and other crafts. Some of the highlights include the museum's superb collection of Indian masks and Mexican artworks. Started in 1965 by Edith Wyle as a restaurant and crafts shop, it was transformed into a museum in 1973. After suffering financial problems during the early 90s, it moved into its current location in 1995 with backing from the city. Wheelchair access is currently limited to the first floor, but call for information.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

The Page Museum shares the same location as the La Brea Tar Pits, so after you've witnessed the Pits which once entrapped Ice Age mammals, you can step inside and view the fossil remains. There are massive displays of mammoths, saber-toothed cats and an incredible collection of dire wolves. There are also exhibits of insects, plants and birds. Especially fascinating is the display of the skeletal remains of the La Brea Woman who is said to have lived about 9000 years ago. This is an extraordinary experience for the entire family.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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The Museum of Jurassic Technology

One of the most intriguing museums in Los Angeles, the exhibits here are both professionally sound and completely dubious at the same time. Although the exhibits feature artifacts and relics from the Lower Jurassic period, they seem to stay faithful to the theme of the museum. The main quest for the visitor is to determine whether or not this entire museum is a sham. Regardless of your ultimate conclusion, the museum is certainly worth both the price of admission as well as your time exploring it.

Culver City, CA, United States
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Bhagavad Gita Museum

Bhagavad Gita Museum is truly a unique Los Angeles gem. Opened in 1977, this museum was opened to help teach visitors about the Bhagavad Gita, a 700-verse Hindu scripture calling for selfless action. You'll learn about the scripture through eleven large dioramas that depict colorful scenes. You'll also see animatronics that help bring life to the story. Sign up for a guided tour and experience this one-of-a-kind museum for yourself.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Obsolete

One of the topmost unique art venues in the whole of Los Angeles, Obsolete is a stunning amalgam of an antique store, a quaint museum and an exhibition space for present-day gems. Little known outside of the local community due to its very infrequent openings and relative autonomy from the local gallery scene, Obsolete is truly one of a kind place. The dark wood-paneled interior houses a permanent collection of various bizarre antique contraptions – unusual musical instruments, puzzling utensils, disquieting dolls and sculptures and other wicked hardware. An occasional photo or sculpture exhibition gracing Obsolete is well worth venturing out for (the dates for them can be tracked down on their website). These openings are eagerly anticipated by people in the know and are always held in style, catered by select local artisan eateries and wine sellers.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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