LA Pop Culture Museums

Those Weird Places that Make You Scratch Your Head and Say, Huh?

I created this category so I'd have a place to put those attractions that I usually think of as the "kitsch" museums. Some people love these places, but I kind of feel like if you've been to one somewhere on the planet, you don't ever need to go to another one. But that's just me.

  • 01 of 06

    Guiness World Record Museum - Hollywood

    Guinness World of Records Museum
    ••• Guinness World of Records Museum in Hollywood. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to

    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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  • 02 of 06

    Hollywood Wax Museum

    Hollywood Wax Museum at Night
    ••• Hollywood Wax Museum at Night. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to

    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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  • 03 of 06

    Ripley's Believe It or Not - Hollywood

    Ripley's Believe It or Not
    ••• Ripley's Believe It or Not. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of

    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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  • 04 of 06

    Madame Tussauds Hollywood

    Madame Tussauds Hollywood
    ••• Madame Tussauds Hollywood. © 2009 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of

    I still consider Madame Tussauds wax museum in the kitsch category, even though I'd rank it as more of a must-see attraction than any of the three above. 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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  • 05 of 06

    Muzeo in Anaheim

    ••• Muzeo in Anaheim, CA. Courtesy of the Anaheim/OC VCB

    I don't consider Muzeo in Anaheim to be 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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  • 06 of 06
    Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building
    ••• Hollywood Museum in the Max Factor Building. © 2004 Kayte Deioma, courtesy of

    Just in case you landed on this page looking for museums related to all things TV, movies and music, I have those over here on the list of Los Angeles Entertainment Museums.