Guide to LA's Pop Culture and Kitsch Attractions

Some attractions don't fit neatly into the classic designations for tourist destinations—they attract a different crowd, offer unusual experiences, or challenge the notions we have of normal museums. These "kitsch" attractions are one-of-a-kind and sometimes hard to find. This list of some of the top weird and wild tourist destinations in LA can help you have a vacation like no one else's.

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    Guinness World of Records Museum in Hollywood
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    There are Guinness World Record museums all over the world, and the one in Los Angeles is right on Hollywood Boulevard on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They each showcase different world records, but what's missing from the Hollywood version that would make it more unique is some LA-specific records, since there are many world records that have been broken here. You wouldn't know that from the museum.

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    Charlie's Angeles at the Hollywood Wax Museum
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    The Hollywood Wax Museum is owned by the same people as the Guinness World Record Museum, so there's a joint ticket offer available that also includes Ripley's below. The museum is a curiosity, mostly due to how unrealistic these old-time figures are compared to the more recent additions at the nearby Madame Tussauds wax museum. At the Hollywood Wax Museum, the characters are set in tableaus from TV or movies, so you can't really pose with them, but they've been trying to make them more accessible to catch up to the competition.

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    Liars Hell Exhibit at Ripley's Believe it or Not
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    Ripley's Believe It or Not is another one of those chain museums you can find all around the world, so if there's one near you, or you've visited somewhere else, it doesn't need to be high on your list of things to do in LA. If you've never been to one and you enjoy odd and freaky stuff, you might want to give it a try.

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    Madame Tussauds Hollywood
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    Madame Tussauds wax museum in the kitsch category, even though it is more popular than some of the other attractions in this list. Taking pictures with all the famous character figures is sort of the point of it all, so it's more fun to go with someone than on your own. If you're not particularly star-struck, you can definitely find more intellectual things to do in LA.

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    Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, CA

    Muzeo in Anaheim is not a kitsch museum per se, but they host traveling exhibits of pop culture, from steampunk to spy craft to trash art.

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    Entertainment Museums

    Hannibal Lecter's cell from The Silence of the Lambs at the Hollywood Museum
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    There are other museums in LA related to all things TV, movies and music.