The Museum of Jurassic Technology - 9341 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 - (310) 836-6131
Founder David Wilson has created a mystery emporium, an odditorium - and like carnival mirrors, the exhibits bend and distort.... well, you'll have to see for yourself.
But think about this before going to the Museum of Jurassic Technology:
"Confusion can be a very creative state of mind," said David Wilson (museum founder) in an interview with author Lawrence Weschler, originally aired on NPR, October 27, 2001.
As my husband and I stand just feet from the museum's entrance, a couple exit the building. The man, looking perplexed, rubs and bats his eyes. The woman with him has a thought bubble over her confused face that says, "What did we just experience?!!" But they themselves say nothing at all. My husband and I don't know what to expect. We enter.
It's dark inside. There are disembodied sounds - howling coyotes and Indian chants - floating around the serious looking, yet curious, exhibits; many of these odd exhibits are accompanied by recordings of verbose, Latin-filled double speak, sounding very authoritative and knowing. After seconds of listening to this, my brain starts to feel like it's spinning in my skull on puree.
After nearly an hour of repeating "What?" about a thousand times, we stumble upon the tea room with a high Moorish ceiling and a pixy in a Russian dress who asks if we want tea and cookies. Of course, my husband and I don't resist. We sit down at a candle lit table and think. A threesome (a guy and two girls) entwined in a velvety corner alcove, sip tea while discussing Nietzsche and existentialism. Meanwhile, I'm just thinking, "Hey, these almond cookies are really good."
Horned humans, bats who can fly through solid matter, theories on forgetting, yellowed Victorian-era telegrams that come across as scammy as Nigerian Spam... What? Do you question? Do you simply trust? Do you have a good ironic laugh? Yep, and you may just see things a little differently after.
Upon returning to the glare and noise of mid-day Venice Boulevard, everything looks a little askew, like entering an alternate universe. I probably look as perplexed as those other people I saw leaving earlier, but actually I'm just thinking (and not about cookies, this time): "Question everything."
David Wilson is right: "Confusion can be a very creative state of mind."