Hello, we just spent 2 months in S. Calif doing the American Assoc. Of Museum Convention . The convention was only a week and it was really interesting meeting other museum people. One museum owner we met was Prof. Oran Z. Belgrave who has Oran Z's Pan African Black Facts and Wax Museum. We will most certainly visit when we get down to LA again. www.oransblackmuseum.com
Besides being in our booth and meeting and greeting we attended parties everynight. The first night was an opening party at the Club Nokia, very cool and the band and dancing was great, the drinks were strong! Then all the partygoers were invited by the director of the Grammy Museum to tour. Very interesting, Leadbelly's guitar, and so much more, we needed more time.
The next night we had the run of all the museums at EXposition Park , The California African American Museum,The Natural History Museum of LOs Angeles County and the California Science Center. You can see all of these museums for free and parking is only 8. When I was a child my father used to take me to the Natural HIstory Museum and the dioramas are amazing and dreamy.
The last night we went to the Hammer Museum near UCLA . It is a gorgeous space with an open courtyard. The art that is from Mr. Hammers collection is impeccable. The painting called "Juno" by Rembrandt is so beautiful, I had seen her in books but never expected to be inches away. The place was just so "first cabin"
We went to Olvera Street, the oldest street in LA, love that place. Ate at Phillippe's , it is worth the wait.
Before we headed back up north we went to Venice, we met some cool street vendors and missed going into the Freak Museum , it is only open on weekends. Lots of creatures with 2 heads, apparently. AFter all that we spent a week by the ocean pretty much staring and sleeping we were beat.