Clarion Inn at Universal Studios Hollywood
3241 Cahuenga Blvd W
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Phone: (323) 845-1600
Fax: (323) 845-0771
Arts & Museums
Hollywood Bowl Museum is home to some of the best Hollywood legends the film industry ever witnessed. The main attraction here is a 10 minute video, which will enrich any visit to this legendary outdoor amphitheater. The film features the first ever recording here, as well as footage of a number of legendary performances over the years. Some of the highlights of the other exhibits include original designs by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Soundscape that lets you explore the myriad possibilities of sound and the GTE Museum Resource Center, which allows visitors to use computers to access thousands of photos, documents and video clips. Admission is free. Check website for varying dates.
This is the first major movie studio to open a museum dedicated to memorabilia from its films. Showcased in the museum are costumes, props, animation cells, letters and more, collected over 75 years since Warner Bros opened. The museum showcases the four Oscars the studio has won, one of them for the first talkie, 'The Jazz Singer' (1927). Specific items on display include the clothes and piano from 'Casablanca', Vanessa Redgrave's pumpkinseed dress from 'Camelot', John Wayne's saddle and chaps, and James Dean's 500 motorcycle. The museum can be seen as part of the Warner Bros VIP Studio tour. Children under eight years of age are not permitted.
Across the street from the Hollywood Bowl, this small museum features exhibits on the early days of film making. Originally a barn, the building was rented in 1913 by legendary director Cecil B. DeMille for the production of The Squaw Man, his first film. Among the curiosities here are props, antique cameras, vintage film clips and costumes.
This complex offers plenty of historical stimuli. The Museum of Mexican History features a re-creation of an Aztec calendar and an actual Mayan tomb, as well as costumes, mosaics and a bevy of other reproduced and genuine goods. Outside in the plaza there are more examples of Mayan and Toltec creations, much like those that can still be found adorning ancient ruins. Admission is free.
This 33,000 square foot museum celebrates Hollywood and the entertainment arts of film, television, radio, and new media. You'll see memorabilia, costumes, a Max Factor exhibit, a six minute multi-screen video on the evolution of film and television, and the original sets from Star Trek and Cheers.
Owned and managed by the very eccentric photographer and filmmaker Rick Castro, the Antebellum Gallery is a quirky little space whose name means 'before war' in Latin. Rick organizes gatherings often in this salon like space, where like minded artists converge to discuss the finer nuances of performing and visual art. One must be warned however that this gallery is not for the prude; plenty of the themes and exhibits are kinky and erotic in nature, leaving nothing to the imagination.
Get your own little slice of Hollywood and catch a glimpse of your favorite stars in rare form - wax, that is. Here, with a showcase of over 100 stars, you'll be surrounded in all the glitz and glamour tinseltown has to offer. It takes approximately three months and a great deal of artistry to bring these talented actors to life. The Hollywood Wax Museum prides itself on the authenticity of its representations, and you're sure to notice it too! The museum is also alongside many other Hollywood attractions, like Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and accommodations like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
For those intrigued by Guinness' best-selling book of records, Guinness World Record Museum is the place for you. Although the kitschy decor is consistent with some of its Hollywood Boulevard neighbors, this museum has been around longer than most and has accumulated more than enough odd information to amuse the trivia-inclined. Some of the displays include information on the fattest man ever, food-eating contests, Laika the cosmonaut and Michael Jackson. There is also a small theater showing a fascinating film about a record-breaking domino exhibition.
The purpose of Hollywood Museum is to shed some lights, camera, and action on everything Hollywood. From biographies of famous actors to the specific techniques that make movies into blockbusters, the Hollywood Museum showcases the whole movie-making process from idea to finished product and everything in between. It's situated on five floors in the recently renovated Max Factor Building; come to find out how Hollywood became the entertainment Mecca it is today.
With more than 300 oddities on exhibit, from a statue of Marilyn Monroe made from shredded money to torture chamber devices, Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum is a curiosity and a record of all things strange. The original Ripley's in Orange County displays similar items, but the Hollywood version overlooking the Walk of Fame, is much larger, and therefore, much stranger. For example, a giant Tyrannosaurus Rex with a backwards-running clock in his mouth looms on the roof (his feet are inside the building), and a stuffed two-headed goat awaits guests inside. Although this is a fun museum, some of the exhibits might be too grotesque for younger children.
This is a great space that features rotating projects by artists from all over the world both known and unknown. There is no permanent collection; all of the installations are done specifically for the gallery. It is a nonprofit organization, and everything imaginable is exhibited from painting to film to performance pieces and more. Many of the installations are multimedia in nature. Artists that have shown here include Amy Adler and singer/songwriter/artist Joni Mitchell.
One of the finest collections of prints of rock 'n' roll legends you will ever encounter is housed right here in this smart little gallery, located on Sunset Boulevard. Positioned near a few galleries and bookstores on a well-trodden footpath, the place beckons you in for a casual visit. You may also choose to visit during one of the rowdy, crowded openings. One way or another, if you are a photography buff or a rock 'n' roll fan, the gallery is well worth a visit. Some of the shots are extremely rare and might not be available for public viewing anywhere else. Most of the prints are for sale and would make for a lavish, unforgettable present for someone special. But, you need not be a buyer to get a gander. The owners amiably welcome anyone for a leisurely browse of their fabulous treasures, regardless of your buying potential.