You know LACMA and MOCA, and Skirball, Hammer and Getty -- who doesn't? But when you're looking to delve into some of LA's most esoteric -- and, frankly, weirdest art -- visit one of these four museums for your oddball fix.
Pasadena's Bunny Museum, "the hoppiest place in the world," houses a collection of 28,012 (and counting) bunny-related items including stuffed animals, figurines, and yes, real rabbits. The museum is located in a private home where the Bunny Museum's curators live with their five litter-boxed trained pet rabbits. Tours are by appointment only, and visitors are encouraged to bring snacks, (veggies, but not carrots), for the museum's floppy-eared dwellers. Weirdest item: The curator couple's freeze dried former pet bunnies 1933 Jefferson Drive, at Bellford Avenue, (626-798-8848 or thebunnymuseum.com) Photo: Courtesy of The Bunny Museum
School yourself on LA's rich (and often violent) police history at the LAPD's collection of handcuffs, classic squad cars and other cop-centric memorabilia. Highlights include bullet hole-ridden cruisers from the 1997 NoHo bank shoot out, mock cells and historical weaponry. The museum is housed in Highland Parks former LAPD Station No. 11, which was constructed in 1925 and was home to some of the events that inspired the Angelina Jolie kidnapping thriller "Changeling." Weirdest item: Classic cop cars that look straight out of a 1970s police flick 6045 York Boulevard, at Mesa Avenue, (323-344-9445 or laphs.org) Photo: Andrew T, Flickr
Think all little black dresses are the same? Wrong. This exhibit at downtown's Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising proves that the little black dress, or LBD, comes in all shapes and sizes, but of course, only one color. The homage includes LBDs from Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld, Monique Lhuillier, (a FIDM graduate), and those worn by Jennifer Garner in "Alias" and Jamie Lee Curtis in "True Lies." The exhibit runs through August 13. Weirdest Item: A latex LBD worn by Kristin Bauer, (as vampire vixen Pam), in HBO's "True Blood." 919 South Grand Avenue, at West Olympic Boulevard, (213-624-1200 or fidm.edu) Photo: Courtesy of FIDM
For strong-stomached fans of the macabre, Hollywood's Museum of Death features works of art by various serial killers, photos of the Charles Manson crime scenes, morgue photos from LA's famous Black Dahlia murders, a body bag and coffin collection and replicas of various execution devices. The museum also shows videos of various autopsies. Don't feel bad if this morbid tour leaves you lightheaded; guests have been known to throw up and pass out. Sufficed to say, this museum is recommended for mature audiences only. Weirdest Item: A bunk bed, shroud and pair of sneakers from the 1997 Heaven's Gate Cult mass suicide. 6031 Hollywood Boulevard, at North Gower Street, (323-466-8011 or museumofdeath.net) Photo: Tirch, Flickr
*This story has been edited. A slide about the Erotic Museum was removed because it is no longer open.