March 11, 2001 |
A tiny clockwork flea, one that can dance? It sounds like one of the improbable miniature wonders exhibited at the Museum of Jurassic Technology. And soon, it will be--as part of the first film produced by the museum's media arm, the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Information. The Culver City museum almost closed when the owners of the building that houses it put the place up for sale in the late '90s.
March 12, 1995 |
As its name implies, the Museum of Jurassic Technology is an oxymoron--a paradoxical, serious, silly mystery of a place. Solemnly, it serves up displays on a species of bat that can fly through solid objects, a mice-on-toast remedy for bed-wetting and a memory researcher who most likely never existed.
January 27, 2002 |
Three months ago, David Wilson's cell phone rang in the middle of a meeting at his one-of-a-kind establishment, the Museum of Jurassic Technology. He was talking planning with Kelly Coyne, the museum's administrative director. "It was a pretty down period, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to get through November," he says. "Financially, every month is a juggling act. We get to places where we're OK for two or three months but then it goes back to week-to-week.
December 11, 1994
You have listed in your Family section from time to time the Museum of Jurassic Technology, most recently on Nov. 27. Before you continue including this museum, you should send a staff member over to confirm that this is not a place for children, especially little ones. First, it has no exhibits of interest to them, but foremost, it is dark and creepy and will surely induce nightmares in the young. My husband and I felt like we had stepped into an Alfred Hitchcock movie. There were a number of dead animals with holograms imposed on them and an incessant barking of a coyote's head.
March 13, 2008
When you take your kids to the Museum of Jurassic Technology -- or, as Nipper dubbed it, "The Weird Museum" -- bring along their bathroom step-stool if they're under 4 1/2 feet tall. Much of the coolest stuff is in display cases too high for them to see properly and, believe me, they'll want to gape at curator David Wilson's oddities -- such as a horn removed from a human's forehead and "micromosaics" made from butterfly wing scales -- far longer than you'll want to hold them up. To adults, this museum is loaded with brain-scratching exhibits like "Tell the Bees: Belief, Knowledge & Hypersymbolic Cognition."
December 10, 2006
Thanks for the page on Downtown Culver City ("Downtown Culver City Buzz," by Jessica Gelt, A Day In, Nov. 19), but how could you omit 1) the Museum of Jurassic Technology, which exemplifies the word "unique" and draws discerning people from around the globe, and 2) the apartment complex at 3819-25 Dunn Drive, which, to quote David Gebhard and Robert Winter, is "a Medieval fairy-tale world of Hansel and Gretel cottages in a witch-infested jungle with pools of water." Experiencing these places converts a trip to Culver City from being merely invigorating to being truly inspirational.