The New York Times Profiles Culver City's Museum of Jurassic Technology

Describing a feeling of "shock, marvel, delight and confusion" that Culver City's Museum of Jurassic Technology  regularly engenders, New York Times reporter Edward Rothstein spends some lines of his January 9 article describing the museum's many marvels (or perhaps "marvels:):

"I had never been in a museum where the persistent question is: what kind of place is this? A gallery is devoted to early-20th-century communications sent to astronomers at the Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena. (A telegram reads, “Gentlemen are you interested in separating valuable chemical compounds from the sunshine ray.”) Other display cases show a scale model of Noah’s Ark; a microscope that has supposedly accidentally shattered a specimen dish (“Exhibit out of order,” reads the label); a fruit pit carved with an image of the Crucifixion; and, mounted on the wall, a kind of horn said to have grown from the back of a woman’s head."

He concludes ultimately that the institution is "actually a museum about museums."

"It takes the forms of one — the lighting, the labels, the scholarly references — and uses them to inspire wonder not just at the objects (real or invented) but at the nature of museums themselves, the way they select items from the world and allow us to recognize them as strange and wonderful."

You can read the whole profile here

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