By Deb Flomberg
When it comes to exploring the different museums in the southern California area, there are a lot to choose from. One of the darkest (and possibly oddest) museums is the Museum of Death, located right on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. The Museum of Death has been educating the living about death since 1995, when it was formed out of a controversial art gallery. Today, owners JD Healy and Cathee Shultz have collected a huge display of exhibits all devoted to the explanation of means of death.
This museum is certainly not for the faint of heart, and is definitely recommended only for the more mature viewers. Inside those innocent seeming walls you’ll find the world’s largest collection of serial murder artwork, photos of actual crime scenes and the actual guillotined severed head of the Blue Beard of Paris. You’ll also find a huge array of vintage morticians tools, autopsy instruments, execution devices, and a lot of photos from all the famous murders. There is even a full re-creation of one of the beds from the Heaven’s Gate Cult suicide. Plus a lot of very graphic films, including several with real death footage.
As the owners explain, “We are not here to shock, we are here to educate.” The goal of the museum is to explore the one fact that unites everyone and every living being – death. The self-guided tours last about 45 minutes, but you can easily end up staying for hours if you watch all of the films available. There have been reports of people passing out, so be sure to only check this one out if you are not faint of heart.
As you are planning your visit to the Museum of Death, it may help to know that you have a truly comfortable and elegant car waiting to take you home. Make sure to arrive there in the CLS63 AMG Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. This luxurious and roomy auto is perfect after you spend a few hours wandering any type of museum, and it will be a nice treat to come back to something so warm and inviting after you peruse the dark collection at the Museum of Death.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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