14 March 2020

So Meta

Many years ago (Amazon claims I bought a copy in 1998), I read Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders. In doing so, I fell in love with the Museum of Jurassic Technology.

And on this date six years ago, I was finally able to visit it.


It is a wondrous place, indeed. The space is really a museum about museums and provokes conversation about who gets to be an expert and when we should believe them. I understand that that doesn't sound very sexy, but you just have to trust me that it's magical to experience. Mice on toast...decaying dice...portraits of dogs that were launched into space...sculptures of string games. What makes something museum-worthy? Are the detailed descriptions next to the exhibits true...or not? Are the exhibits even real? It's all up for grabs.

I wish that I had found someone to go along with me, because it is really the sort of thing you want to talk about both during and after the experience. Someday, I hope to go back and immerse myself once more in the whole thing. It is the one place I recommend to people when they say they are going to Los Angeles. So, if you find yourself there, make an effort to take a look. You will not be disappointed.

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