Museums are not limited to their realms of traditional art, nature, and history. Their collections can vary widely, and there are indeed some exciting museums that challenge the stereotypical establishments. Below are just a few of the unique museums to be found in Southern California.
Housing an impressive array of painted velvet, the Velveteria is one of a kind. Initially located in Portland, this museum has continued to expand its collection over the years. The artworks displayed range from nude women, unicorns in space, and multiple portraits of Jesus. There are no limits to what artists have decided to paint upon their velvet canvases, and this is why owners Carl and Caren decided to collect and display these works. Admission is $10 for each adult.
Among the more eccentric museums is the Bunny Museum. Originally founded in Pasadena, the museum is now located in Altadena. With a salon-style of an exhibition, the museum displays rabbit-themed items from floor to ceiling. From rabbits used in advertising to objects referencing rabbits with their names, the museum features more than 35,000 items. Though children are welcomed at the museum, not all exhibits are kid-friendly; the “Chamber of Hop Horrors,” which displays a history of rabbit abuse from horror films to rabbit foot keychains, is restricted to those over the age of 13. Tickets for the museum are $12 for teens and adults, with other discounts available.
Martial Arts History Museum
Having only acquired a physical museum space for the first time in 2006, the Martial Arts History Museum has researched and accumulated many interesting displays and artifacts. Featuring martial arts history from regions around the world, this museum considers how vital the martial arts have been in the shaping of American culture, from cinematic representations to self-esteem initiatives.
While showcasing weapons and martial arts uniforms, the museum also features displays on movies that focus on martial arts as well as other media forms like magazines and anime. This museum is inclusive in its endeavor to represent the significance and impact of martial arts. Tickets are $10 for adult admission.
Museum of Death
Among the more morbid options, the Museum of Death presents a unique experience in the macabre. With coroner instruments, pet taxidermy, and crime scene photographs, this museum is not for the faint of heart. That being said, the Museum of Death has an initiative toward death education; the owners feel that the understanding and publicity of real death is lacking. Tickets for this dark museum run at $17 each, and while they say death is relevant to everyone, they encourage only mature audiences to visit.