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Strangest/Specialty Museums in Los Angeles

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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.

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.

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.

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.

This lavish pantheon of fame and glamor captured in wax is one of Hollywood’s crown jewels. Hailing from London, Madame Tussauds brings to Hollywood its world-class interactive viewing entertainment, great for all ages. Located on Hollywood Boulevard, just next to Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the museum is hard to miss due to its prepossessing open-air facade with a few wax figures casually spilling out on the sidewalk. Come in and stroll the vast grounds populated with the rich and famous (as well as the infamous) and the beautiful and formidable. Photography and handling are a must. Whether it is shaking hands with President Obama or wrapping your arm around Mae West that is more your thing, you will be exhilarated by the lifelike, vivid portrayals and infinite photo ops.

Spread across 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Peterson Automotive Museum is one of the world's largest automobile museums. From Porsche to Batman's Batmobile, the museum has it all for ardent car fans! It also hosts year-round special exhibitions. Of special interest to families is the Children's Discovery Center, which offers hands-on interactive exhibits.

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.

Once upon a time, Rancho La Brea or La Brea Tar Pits was only a Mexican land grant. Now a museum, the tar pits have been the world's richest deposit of Ice Age fossils. More than 40,000 years ago mammoths, sabre-toothed cats and dire wolves freely roamed the Los Angeles basin and became entrapped in the natural asphalt of the tar pits. During the summer months, visitors can observe the ongoing excavation from Pit 91 and get some insight about the excavation directly from where the scientists discovered the new Ice Age specimen.

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.

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