The Museum of Jurassic Technology
The Museum of Jurassic Technology, located in Los Angeles, CA, is a small museum that houses an extraordinary collection of scientific curiosities. The museum is housed in the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a historic synagogue built in the Moorish Revival style by architect S. Charles Lee.
With over 20,000 objects dating from antiquity to the current day, the Museum of Jurassic Technology exhibits what is thought to be "the world's finest collection of wonderments."
There is also a reference library where visitors can look up information on any of the museum's exhibits or its collection in general.
The museum was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson, former Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of California. Wilson began collecting objects for his museum after visiting a van de Graaf generator at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in 1975.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology Exhibitions
The Museum of Jurassic Technology is famous for its many exhibits that explore the intersection of science and myth, though it contains countless other curiosities in its collection.
The museum also has a modest planetarium and the skeleton of a "Basilosaurus" (an extinct whale-like mammal).
Many of the exhibits in the Museum of Jurassic Technology were donated by visitors, rather than collected specifically for the museum. These exhibits represent individual perspectives on what constitutes wonderment.
One exhibit is dedicated to "bone-related artifacts", which includes both naturally occurring objects such as dinosaur bones, fossils, etc., but also many man-made relics attributed to saints or other religious figures, containing bone. An example of the latter found in the Museum is a blackened bone that once belonged to Saint Teresa of Ávila, which they describe as "extremely fragile", but with "a great luminosity".
Another exhibit explores miracles by displaying many different alleged miracle objects, including an obsidian Aztec knife that the curators believe was used in human sacrifice, a vial of water from Lourdes with its own "unique history", and two specimens of the Shroud of Turin.
The Museum's permanent exhibition space is relatively small, located on four main galleries.
In addition to these exhibits, the museum includes an interactive "Experience" area for children where they can "examine a variety of dinosaur eggs, including the mythical Fabergé eggs, and hear their innermost thoughts."The Museum also houses a small planetarium as well as a gallery dedicated to manna.
The Museum of Jurassic Technology Details
The Museum of Jurassic Technology at 9341 Venice Boulevard in the Palms district of Los Angeles, California, was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson in 1988.
Address: 9341 Venice Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: (310) 836-6131