Museum of Jurassic Technology

This past September, I visited California to see some family members and to do some sight seeing. I’ve been to Cali three times already, but I’ve never visited anywhere, asides from Hollywood, Disneyland, and Universal Studios, as I was too young to explore on my own then, so the family just took me to the touristy, fun places. Now older, and with a great sense of direction, my travel buddy and I explored some of the sites that Cali had to offer, first stop…

Museum of Jurassic Technology, located in Culver City, California

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The museum of Jurassic Technology is opened from 2pm to 8pm on Thursday, and 12pm to 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed all other days.  Admission to the museum is $8. According to the internet, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is actually located in Los Angeles, but is served by the Culver City post office, therefore the address contains Culver City. Nevertheless, the museum is easy to find with a GPS. My travel buddy and I got dropped off in front of the museum, as the public transportation isn’t all that convenient in California, thus I can’t tell how long or the bus route to take to reach the museum. However, if you are so inclined to travel via bus, there is a bus stop about five feet from the museum. I also checked the museum website, which says that a light-rail (it’s a train of some sort) stop is close by, about three blocks from the museum.

The museum has a no photography and cell phone use policy, thus I have no other pictures except the entrance pic. In addition to the no pictures and phones, the museum doesn’t like people carrying around large items, so either don’t bring the large items or  check them in at the entrance (I had to check in my backpack, but it was nice not having to lug the backpack around).

The museum is the kind that needs to be experienced, thus I will only highlight a few exhibits, and let the rest remain a surprise. (Don’t wanna spoil too much!) After paying for admission, we watched the  introduction video, which gives viewers an explanation of what the museum is about. To be honest though, I didn’t  gain much insight about the museum, however I did get a good run through on the general history of museums.

One of the most memorable exhibits was the Sonnabend Hall, which detailed the theories of neurophysiology professor, Geoffrey Sonnabend. In the simplest terms, he theorized that memory is an illusion; memories are past experiences that one can no longer remember correctly, so one imagines how the experiences should have been and calls them memories. He used a series of complex diagrams of a plane intersecting a cone to illustrate his ideas. I was intrigued by the diagrams, so I sat and watched, but I didn’t understand much of the diagrams, they became very complex very quickly with many additional variables. Nevertheless, the theories were interesting, and may have been plausible when they were introduced during the the early 20th century.

Another memorable exhibit was about Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (I had to memorize the last name and jot it down immediately after we finished, it’s a difficult last name to spell.) Tsiolkovsky was a pioneer in astronautics, which is the science and technology of space flight, thus his exhibit contained many sketches of early rocket ships and life in space. Living in the 21th century, I immediately knew that some of his ideas were not feasible, however his ideas came about during the turn of the 20th century, so once again, they were believable when so little was known about space travel.

We spent about 2 hours going through the numerous exhibits that the museum has. The museum has old school wired telephones placed throughout instead of the usual information placards. In addition, the museum has a rather nice bathroom, very befitting of the atmosphere. Now that I visited the museum, the best answer I can come up with as to what the museum is about is that the museum displays a variety of items and ideas that are obsolete. Many of the items displayed are archaic now; the theories became untrue, the technology became outdated, the art mediums became unutilized. The museum is a fun place to visit, one that needs to be approached with an open mind and taken with a grain of salt. (Some of the items found in the museum can be found no where else, not even the internet. So is it genuine or is it fiction?) Take the trek out to see the Museum of Jurassic Technology, and decide for yourself, whether the exhibits are fact or fiction.

 

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