I’m in Hell-A this week, visiting my wonderful son and observing the American Feast of Raucous Overeating and Overly-Loud Political Debate. My lovely wife noticed a few weeks ago that the celebrated Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County opened a new exhibit in October, celebrating the classic Universal Monsters. NHM is in a unique position to host such an exhibit because they were the first museum to recognize the value of movie memorabilia and started lobbying the major studios for donations as early as 1930. NHM has some unique items in its collection.
So yesterday when I found myself a short Uber ride from the museum, how could I resist?
TANGENT: It cost my wife and $15 apiece to get into the museum. Although we also wound up checking out the “Mammals of Africa” and “Mammals of North America” exhibits (Dioramas? YES, PLEASE.), we were really only at the museum to see the Universal stuff. Shouldn’t they offer special pricing for monster kids where it’s only one dollar to get in, but you promise to spend at least $15 in the gift shop? I think so. Then they should put more monster stuff in the gift shop. Then I should buy all the monster stuff, and also they should give me more monster stuff, then make up more for me to buy online later. A real missed opportunity, in my opinion!
THAT BAT ALONE IS WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION! “WE STUDY HISTORY, DR. JONES, THIS IS HISTORY!”
Plus, just look at his little face.