Category Archives: California

Museum of Jurassic Technology

Los Angeles, California is home of today’s “Museum of the Day,” the quirky and wonderful Museum of Jurassic Technology.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a museum located at 9341 Venice Boulevard in the Palms district of Los Angeles, California (although it has a postal address of Culver City because it is served by that city’s post office). It was founded by David Hildebrand Wilson and Diana Drake Wilson (husband and wife) in 1988.

The museum calls itself “an educational institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and the public appreciation of the Lower Jurassic”; the relevance of the term “Lower Jurassic” to the museum’s collections is left uncertain and unexplained. The museum’s collection includes a mixture of artistic, scientific, ethnographic, and historic, as well as some unclassifiable exhibits, and the diversity of its offerings evokes the cabinets of curiosities that were the 16th-century predecessors of modern natural history museums. The factual claims of many of the museum’s exhibits strain credibility, provoking an array of interpretations from commentators. The museum was the subject of a 1995 book by Lawrence Weschler entitled Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: Pronged Ants, Horned Humans, Mice on Toast, And Other Marvels of Jurassic Technology, which describes in detail many of its exhibits. David Hildebrand Wilson received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2001. The museum is also mentioned in the novel The Museum of Innocence, by Nobel-laureate Orhan Pamuk.

Sounds interesting, no? I look forward to a trip to California soon!

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California Academy of Sciences

calacademyToday’s “Museum of the Day” continues our exploration of “green” museums, but this one is dedicated to science.

The California Academy of Sciences is another great example of an environmentally friendly  museum. The CAS is the only place on the planet with an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum, and a 4-story rainforest all under one roof.  It’s a stunning architectural achievement with hundreds of unique exhibits and nearly 40,000 live animals. Designed by famed museum architect Renzo Piano, his masterstroke of design lies in making the park’s environment such a visible part of the building itself. Situated in the enormous Golden Gate Park across from the de Young Art Museum, the CAS rooftop features seven undulating green hillocks which pay homage to the iconic topography of San Francisco and blurs the boundary between building and parkland. The museum is a LEED certified building and is the largest public Platinum-rated building in the world and the world’s greenest museum with a total score of 54 points. The California Academy of Sciences is a MUST SEE for anyone visiting San Francisco, one of my favorite cities in the United States and an amazing destination for museum lovers.

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Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California

 

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Considered by many to be one of the best in the world, this is definitely in the top 5 of the U.S.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has attracted more than 47 million visitors and has won awards for its exhibits, architecture, and cultural and educational impacts. We’re located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily except Christmas. Hours vary by season. Daily schedules available at www.montereybayaquarium.org or by calling (831) 648-4888.

What to expect

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Tours / Technology

This museum makes use of technology as few I’ve seen. TAKE your smart phone (dumb phones too) and use their mobile website, the native app, AND your texting feature to immerse yourself into the living collections that surround you. You won’t miss any WOW or LOL moments with their live texting features. Wireless internet is available at the Aquarium free of charge. You can browse the internet with your Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, tablets and other devices.


Collection highlight

The giant pirate ship is a huge hit for must kids!


Accessibility

We offer discounted tickets to active duty and retired military personnel at the door. However, your entire group can receive the discounted rate by purchasing tickets through a military base.

AAA members may also receive a discount when purchasing tickets directly from any Northern California AAA office. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is unable to sell AAA discounts at the gate.

We offer our “two days for the price of one” ticketing program through participating hotels. You may also purchase discounted tickets to the Aquarium plus four more top San Francisco attractions with CityPASS. Additionally, companies sometimes provide discounted tickets to their employees. These special rates are not available through the Aquarium itself, but must be purchased directly from these institutions. We also extend a discount to groups of 12 or more when paying together with an advance reservation.

The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Wheelchairs are available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk inside the Main Entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options

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And by all means, GIVE back to the museum to help support the animals.