A very strange museum in Culver City, a neighborhood of Los Angeles. I guess the best way to describe it is as a collection of exhibits that used to be shown in other museums, in other words, a history museum about other museums. But they don't make this obvious, since all the exhibits are presented as fact, no matter how unbelievable they seem. When my uncle and I went there, he thought at first that it was a fundamentalist museum of natural history. We saw:
- An exhibit on a bat that was able to tunnel through solid objects, since it used X-Rays instead of sound waves in its echolocation.
- The life story of an opera singer that suffered from chronic forgetfulness.
- A collection of letters written to Mt. Wilson Observatory from various cranks.
- A 4-Dimensional theory of memory, that accounted for precognition.
- An overview of obselete superstitions.
- An exhibit on the birth and evolution of the mobile home, and a few displays of antiques collected by trailer park inhabitants. They were shown like other museums might display treasures of Ancient Egypt.
- And my own favorite, a collection of microscopic sculpture, such as Abraham Lincoln in the eye of a needle, or a flock of birds, less than a millimeter tall, sitting on a 'wire' of human hair.
If you ever visit LA
, then screw Universal Studios
and check this place out instead. They're on the web